Garcia next up for Khan

Mouth-watering bout with WBC champion scheduled for July

Last Updated: 23/05/12 3:26pm

Amir Khan: Set to fight Danny Garcia in July

Danny Garcia: Beat Erik Morales to claim the WBC title

Danny Garcia: Beat Erik Morales to claim the WBC title

Amir Khan is poised to fight for the WBC light-welterweight title after champion Danny Garcia agreed to a July 14 showdown.

Khan had been due to fight Lamont Peterson on May 19 in a rematch for the WBA and IBF titles he lost to the American in controversial circumstances last December.

However, that bout was called off after it emerged Peterson had tested positive for a synthetic testosterone.

"Garcia is a come-forward fighter; he has a good knockout percentage. It is going to be me being as the boxer again. I'll have to be smart, hit, move and try and be one step ahead of him all the time."

Amir Khan

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Khan, though, has now been handed a shot at the undefeated Garcia, who claimed the WBC strap with his victory over Erik Morales in March.

Garcia has yet to lose in 23 bouts, although he only just edged past British champion Ashley Theophane in February 2010 - with the Philadelphia fighter claiming victory via a narrow split decision.

Garcia was scheduled to have a mandatory defence due against Ajose Olusegun - and as a result the WBC have yet to confirm that they have sanctioned the fight.

Golden Boy Promotions, though, are hoping the WBC crown, along with the WBA and IBF titles will be on the line.

Golden Boy are currently attempting to have Khan's loss to Peterson will be overturned to a 'no contest' due to the failed drugs test - with the belts returned to the Bolton fighter as a result.

Garcia poses a major challenge for Khan, with the 24-year-old boasting an unbeaten record in 23 fights including 14 knockouts.

It is still unclear which titles will be up for grabs, with Khan to wait on a hearing into whether the WBA and IBF belts he lost to Peterson in December will be returned.

Should that not happen there could be a conflict, with Garcia due to meet mandatory challenger London-based Nigerian Ajose Olusegun.

The return of Khan's belts would, however, mean his unification fight would take precedence.

Great match-up

The Bolton fighter fully expects that will be the case, telling Sky Sports: "It's a great match-up with the WBC title on the line.

"I don't know about the other two titles. The hearing is in the next two weeks and then the governing bodies will make their decision. Hopefully the hearing goes well."

"I feel like I have what it takes to beat this guy. I've watched Khan a lot. He's a good fighter, but I don't think he's what people say he is, getting all this credit."

Danny Garcia

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Speaking about Garcia, he added: "He has quite a similar style (to Peterson). Garcia is a come-forward fighter; he has a good knockout percentage.

"It is going to be me being as the boxer again. I'll have to be smart, hit, move and try and be one step ahead of him all the time.

"My little bit of experience ahead of him should work in my advantage. He's never lost before. It's going to be a good fight."

For his part, Garcia believes he would retain his unbeaten record, claiming Khan was over-rated.

"I feel like this is how it's supposed to be: the best versus the best, both of us in our prime and giving the fans a great fight," he told www.espn.com.

"I'm just happy - I feel like I have what it takes to beat this guy. I've watched Khan a lot. He's a good fighter, but I don't think he's what people say he is, getting all this credit.

"I feel like he will leave himself open for some big shots and we'll see if he can take them. I can box and I can punch. I'm going to hit him with stuff he won't see. I can't wait."