MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir Khan was classy in defeat after getting knocked out by American boxer Danny Garcia in the fourth round of their light-welterweight clash Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Garcia dropped Khan late in the third round and twice in the fourth to successfully defend his WBC light-welterweight title and annex Khan’s WBA championship as well.
"It wasn't my night," Khan admitted in a Boxing Scene interview. "I respect Danny, he was countering very well against me."
Khan said he has watched the replays of the fight and noticed he came in "with my hands down."
"Danny took advantage," he added. "We got a little complacent and he took advantage and he caught me."
The British boxer also apologized to his fans via Twitter, saying, "I know millions of you are upset but that’s boxing for you."
Still, Khan admitted that he was surprised that referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight when he did.
"I thought he was going to let us continue. My mind was clear and I thought my legs were okay," Khan said.
"But I respect the referee, the judges and the commission, maybe they made the right call," he added.
Khan lost for the second consecutive time, after losing to American Lamont Peterson last December in another exciting, albeit controversial fight.
Peterson and Khan were supposed to fight in a rematch last May, but that fight was scrapped after Peterson tested positive for banned substances.
Garcia ended up as Khan's new opponent after he made heads turn with his victory over Mexican legend Erik Morales earlier this year.
Despite being unbeaten, Garcia came in as an underdog against the more experienced Khan. But he surprised the Briton with his power, as he knocked down Khan three times in four rounds.