July 14th, 2012 was a date boxing fans had been looking forward to for weeks. First fans were billed a heavyweight showdown between David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora in London and later in the day HBO aired Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia.
Promoters did their best to convince everyone that they were going to witness a couple of amazing fights which could end up going either way. As it turned out, both fights ended up being one-sided TKO victories.
David Haye beats Dereck Chisora via TKO in round 5
As a fan who had been anxiously awaiting this fight, I was extremely disappointed. What happened to all the hatred Chisora supposedly had for Haye? As soon as the two fighters stepped in the ring it was clearly business as usual with all emotions put aside. While that may sound like a smart thing for the fighters to do, it wasn’t good for the fans. Half of the reason this fight was so intriguing in the first place was the fact that they hated each other. Apparently fans were fed a load of crap. After the bout they were even seen hugging like a newlywed couple on their honeymoon.
All that aside, David Haye deserves all the credit in the world. Haye’s hand speed and foot speed ended up being way too much for Dereck Chisora to handle. Even though Del Boy did a good job of cutting off the ring at times early in the fight, Haye stuck to his gameplan and forced his opponent to chase him around the ring. While Haye was clearly the more talented fighter, his experience and boxing IQ was the real reason he won the fight in such a dominating fashion.
If Chisora fought with more brains and less tough-guy attitude maybe he would have gave Haye a bigger challenge. Why was he so reluctant to attack Haye’s body, why didn’t he throw his jab more often and why didn’t he fight like he hated Haye as much as he pretended to before the fight?
One thing is certain, Haye’s toe sprain sure has healed up nicely! But I still don’t want to see him fight a Klitschko and watch him run away like a scared coward for 12 rounds again.
Danny Garcia defeats Amir Khan via TKO in round 4
Throughout the years Amir Khan fans have threatened me, called me an idiot and claimed I know absolutely nothing about boxing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my opinions on Khan, I have always claimed that he has all the talent in the world, but he’d never be able to compete at a high level because his glass chin.
I must admit I was clearly wrong. His chin isn’t his problem. Khan’s problem is any area in the general area of his face.
I actually feel quite bad for Amir Khan. He was completely dominating the fight up until Danny Garcia landed a lucky punch in round three. The punch floored Khan and he never fully recovered.
To Khan’s credit, he has a lot of heart and seems to be a nice guy. That’s why I feel like being nice and offering him some free career advice. If Khan is smart, he will retire before ever stepping foot in another boxing ring again. He gets knocked down and becomes disoriented way too often, and although I can’t claim to be a doctor, that surely can’t be good for his long-term health and well-being.
Thank God we don’t have to see him fight Floyd Mayweather. I don’t mean to sound over dramatic, but Money May would probably murder Khan in the ring if that fight were to ever happen.
As for Danny Garcia, he’s a good fighter but he’s nothing special yet. He has great power and enough talent to make him a hard fighter for anyone to deal with. However, his representatives must realize he’s only 24-years-old. He’s very raw and still has a lot to learn. Putting him in with one of the elite welterweights would be career suicide. If I was Garcia’s matchmaker, I would match him up with a couple of durable opponents and wait until late 2013 before calling out guys like Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Timothy Bradley or Lucas Matthysse.
While neither fight was a complete bore-fest, neither fight quite lived up to the hype either. Khan’s loss was actually very entertaining to watch after the first knockdown, but it didn’t last too long.
I was mostly disappointed with both HBO and Epix for not airing any undercards on television. As a fan of the sport I love to watch as many fights as possible. Today I was only able to see two.