By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan will face undefeated WBC champion Danny Garcia on July 14 in the main event of an HBO "World Championship Boxing" doubleheader at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas.
Khan was supposed to have met conqueror Lamont Peterson last weekend in a
highly anticipated rematch of their December slugfest. Peterson won a
controversial split decision that night, and two championship belts. A
few months ago, a second sample from a random Peterson urine test came
back positive for a synthetic testosterone, as a result promoters
cancelled the rematch.
Khan’s team is attempting to get his defeat to Peterson changed to a
no-decision. If a ruling comes down in Khan’s favor, he would regain his
two belts, making the fight with Garcia a unification bout.
Khan (26-2 18 KOs) confirmed on his Twitter page the July 14 bout with
Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs ). “Just want to say thank you for all the support
and may the best man win on July 14 Khan vs. Garcia.”
Garcia, 24, captured a vacant world title in March by flooring Mexican legend Erik Morales in the 11th round en route to a unanimous decision victory. His two previous bouts
were victories over former champions Kendall Holt, and Nate Campbell.
Garcia is excited about his opportunity.
“I feel like this is just how it’s supposed
to be, “said Garcia to the Mail online. “ I’m just happy - I feel 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
Khan is equally confident and anticipating a good fight.
"He has quite a similar style (to
Peterson), “Khan said to Sky Sports News. “Garcia is a come-forward
fighter; he has a good knockout percentage. My little bit of experience
ahead of him should work in my advantage.”
Rising heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell
(25-0-1, 19 KOs) will open the HBO telecast against Johnathon Banks
(28-1-1, 18 KOs ). Mitchell, 29, stopped Chazz Witherspoon in thrilling
fashion last April on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson
rematch. Hurt in round one, Mitchell battled back to knock Witherspoon
down in the second round. Round three saw more fireworks as Mitchell
finished Witherspoon with a barrage of punches. The victory was an
impressive one for the young heavyweight.
Mitchell’s success train appears to be en
route to a heavyweight title shot next year. That is unless something,
derails his ambitions..
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