Danny Garcia wins with brutal KO; but has he failed fans?

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Danny Garcia, the WBA and WBC light-welterweight world champion and former Amir Khan victor, is risking his reputation with fights the public just simply aren't interested in.

Garcia made his reputation against the likes of Erik Morales, the aforementioned Amir Khan, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse, with a series of impressive victories.

The American has been continually written off, with most believing that Khan would beat him and most backing Matthysse to knock him out. Garcia has shown he has a good mixture of knock out power and boxing talent to adapt to who he is facing.

The man from Philadelphia is widely regarded as the best light-welterweight out there but his last two fights have left much to be desired.

Disappointing fights

Firstly, he decided to fight in Puerto Rico against Mauricio Herrera in a fight which lacked the hype and build up that you would expect from a fight with Garcia. Herrera, being the opponent, failed to capture the imagination and Garcia's performance drew more criticism.

For many Garcia was extremely lucky to come away with the decision with a significant amount believing that Herrera actually won the fight. Herrera at least seemed deserving of a rematch but has been denied that chance.

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Coming off this fight Garcia has now gone and faced off with Rod Salka, who held a relatively unimpressive record of 19 wins and three losses. Salka only has three knock out victories on his record and was labelled as an easy fight for Garcia.

Garcia himself has been on the receiving end of a lot of abuse for fighting Salka as many believed that it would be uncompetitive and that he was specially selected as an easy win for him.

The brutal KO

The fight was to pan out as many expected with the fight coming to an end in only the second round. Garcia knocked his man down three times in that round and, with him flat on the floor, there was no chance of the contest continuing.

Salka showed real heart to keep going for as long as he did in the round as he was just hopelessly outclassed by Garcia.

Moving forward

If Garcia is to be the talk of the boxing community again than a step-up in opponent in required. The next fight people are talking about would be a unification fight with Lamont Peterson.

Peterson holds the IBF title and came through his fight on the same card with a tenth round stoppage win against the overmatched Edgar Santana.

Peterson is a tough, durable opponent and the prospect of the two facing off would be a much more exciting one than recent fights for both men.

Garcia would be the favourite to win the fight but it would be competitive and would see the matching of two of the best in the division. At the end of the day that's what the boxing fans want to see, the best fighters facing off.

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