Garcia: Khan record an illusion
Champion confident ahead of July 14 defence
Last Updated: 03/07/12 11:46am
Khan and Garcia: Let the war of words begin
Danny Garcia believes that Amir Khan's professional record is inflated because he only fights opponents that he should easily beat.
The WBC light-welterweight champion will defend his title against the Briton on July 14 and he has begun what is sure to be a war of words by stating that Khan's record of 26 wins from 28 bouts does not accurately reflect his talent.
Danny Garcia v Amir Khan
WBC light-welterweight title
Las Vegas, Sunday July 15 BST
Khan's reputation took a hit last year when he was beaten by Lamont Peterson, although the result was ruled a no contest after it later emerged that Peterson had failed a drug test. As such, the Bolton boxer only has one defeat to his name.
Garcia, however, is unimpressed. "I know that I'm going to hurt him in this fight. He never fought anyone like me. All of his other fights were set-up fights to make him look good. This fight right here, he is going to have his hands full," Garcia told The Boxing Lab.
"Everybody says he's fast and all that, but he reaches a lot with his punches and I think that's where he goes wrong. I'm a great counter-puncher, so if he comes in and he wants to reach, then he has to pay.
"If he wants to fight then we can fight. If he wants to box then we could box. Whatever he wants to do, I'm going to adapt in there and make an exciting fight and win."
For his part, Garcia is unbeaten in 23 fights, of which wins have been courtesy of a knockout.