When Amir Khan lost his WBA and IBF titles to Lamont Peterson last December, it seemed like big-name fights were out of the British boxer’s near future. However, given how things have gone down with Peterson since then (the Washington D.C. native admitted to taking testosterone pellets prior to their December bout after failing a drug test), Khan’s loss will probably end up getting taken off his record, putting him right back in the mix.
Given the results of Peterson’s failed drug test, his rematch with Amir Khan has been called off. Khan will now get to face undefeated Danny Garcia (23-0-0) on July 14, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Khan feels he’ll reestablish himself with a win against Garcia, and he’s looking forward to some high profile fights in the near future.
“Danny Garcia’s a young fighter,” Khan said during an interview with Sky Sports News. “He’s only had 23 fights. He’s unbeaten, he’s strong, he’s got power and he has speed. I think it’s a bit early for him to be fighting me but him being a world champion, I think it’ll be a good fight as he’s never tasted defeat before. … My plan is to move up to 147 and face one of the big names up there. You’ve got Victor Ortiz, you’ve got Manny and Mayweather. … There are super names there so I’ll be in that mix and we’ll sit down with Freddie Roach and see what route we’re going to take with the big names.”
While Danny Garcia is the less experienced fighter between the two, he has faced a few competent fighters in the past. He secured the WBC light-welterweight title in his last fight against Erik Morales, defeating the well-respected veteran via unanimous decision. A win against Khan will solidify Garcia’s status as a legitimate title holder, and the 24 year old seems confident he’ll be able to pull off the upset.
“To be honest, he is a good fighter, but I don’t think he is as good as everybody thinks he is and I’m going to expose all of that stuff come July 14th,” Garcia said during an interview with Percy Crawford. “They’re trying to make this guy the next big superstar. I don’t see a superstar in him though.”
Boxingscene.com, “Khan Talks Welterweight Run, Beating Garcia, Peterson”
Percy Crawford, “Danny Garcia: ‘Khan’s got his hands full, I’m going…’”
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.