Freddie Roach has revealed that he was ready pull out Amir Khan out of the fight before Danny Garcia eventually stopped him in the fourth round at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Speaking after the fight a disappointed Freddie Roach said: "He(Khan) got caught with a shot right on the money and that was it, he never really recovered after the first shot," said Roach.
"When he came back to the corner he wasn’t responding really well in that minute break. I said I’m going to stop the fight but he said ’no, I’m ok’.
"He showed a lot of heart. We should have boxed a little bit more but that’s the way things go."
Khan breezed the opening session, using his speed and mobility to out box the unbeaten Garcia but Roach believe that because Khan was so in control he got careless.
"We got a reckless," insisted Roach. "He was having so much success he thought he could just overwhelm him. Then the guy threw a big overhand shot from leftfield and it landed.
"He’s a big puncher and he’s very strong. His Dad got under our skin a little and I guess it paid off. Hopefully he’ll give us a rematch in England and we can reverse this."
July 14, 2012