MANILA, Philippines – Heavyweight boxer David Haye of Britain is fully supporting his countryman, Amir Khan, following Khan’s shocking knockout loss to unbeaten American boxer Danny Garcia last weekend in Las Vegas.
“I watched the fight and he (Khan) was in full control,” said Haye, as quoted by Boxing Scene. “I believe he has got the beating of Garcia. Garcia is a very good opponent, but he just got caught with a punch.”
Khan, who competes at light-welterweight, was controlling the first two rounds with his speed and jabs but got caught with a left hook in the third round that sent him to the canvas.
He survived the round, but got knocked down two more times in the fourth round, prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Following Khan’s loss, there were some who called for him to consider retirement, including another British boxer, Carl Froch.
But Haye said that at only 25 years old, there is no reason for Khan to hang up his gloves so soon.
“Lennox Lewis, one of the greatest fighters of all time, got took out with one punch. It happens. Roberto Duran got knocked out by Thomas 'The Hitman' Hearns. Did he retire after that?” Haye said. “No. He came back, and became world champion again.”
“Amir can do it. It has happened to him before and he came back, and became a much bigger, stronger boxer. I believe he will do that again,” Haye added.
Khan has lost twice before: he was knocked out in just under a minute by Breidis Prescott in 2008 and dropped a disputed split decision to Lamont Peterson last December.
But Haye, a former world heavyweight champion, believes Khan will not only bounce back but will also avenge his loss.
“I’m fully backing him to not only come back from this but to beat Garcia in good fashion the next time around,” he said.
Haye also fought last weekend but posted a much different result than Khan: he knocked out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round to signal his return from retirement.