Khan – Garcia Preview

14 07 2012

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Amir Khan over these last 7 months. 

It all started with his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson back in December 2011, where he lost his IBF light welterweight and WBA Super light welterweight titles. Then there was the ‘man in the hat’ issue which lead to the WBA issuing a rematch. Then there was the issue of Peterson failing a drugs test and the fight being cancelled. Then GoldenBoy announced Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia was to defend his WBC light welterweight title against Khan. Oh and then there was the small matter of Khan being re-instated as WBA Super light-welterweight champion earlier this week.

Quite a jam packed few months for Amir.

And as if that wasn’t enough to contend with, Amir Khan has had to continually put up with the disrespectful comments from the ignorant Angel Garcia, Danny’s father and trainer, throughout the build up to this fight.

But finally, after 7 months of sitting around and kicking his heels, Amir ‘King’ Khan is ready to step back in the ring and reclaim his spot as the 140lb king.

This is expected to be Khan’s last fight at the 140lb weight division before he steps up to  bigger challenges at 147 and I fully expect Khan to go out with a bang.

Garcia is a solid, unremarkable, opponent.

His main attributes are his timing and that he has decent pop but these have not been tested out against the top, prime guys at 140. While Garcia has beaten the likes of Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell and Erik Morales; neither of these guys are in their prime and he was made to look very ordinary at times against ‘El Terrible’ in his last fight.

Khan has the speed and experience advantage over Garcia and I expect, well hope that, he’ll use those to his advantage.

Amir is a very quick starter and I expect him to fly out of the traps and land plenty of flurries on Garcia.

Khan needs to start boxing smart from now on. Anyone who watched his sparring in ‘Behind The Ropes’ will have seen Khan getting tagged all too frequently and wanting to trade instead of being boxing smart. Even new strength and conditioning Coach Ruben Tavares said he doesn’t want Khan taking unnecessary cheap shots.

To his credit, Khan says he doesn’t want to be seen as boring and I think that is very commendable but it’s not smart.

Box to your advantages and you’ll do so much better, not to mention look better in the process.

I expect Khan to use his speed and use his combinations to overwhelm Garcia on the way to a stoppage victory. However Khan cannot leave himself open because it will give Garcia the opening to test Khan’s chin, which we all know isn’t great.

Khan does not need to go out and prove his chin every time he fights. Box smart and just get the job done.

If Khan does this and doesn’t stand and trade, I think he’ll finish Garcia off before the mid-way point. However if he decides to trade, it could be a very long fight and we could see a closer fight that some imagine.

Check below to see the build up to this fight:

The Story of The Fight:

Behind The Ropes: Amir Khan

Behind The Ropes: Danny Garcia

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Khan set for Garcia test

23 05 2012

Amir Khan is set to fight WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia on July 14th. 

Khan set for title fight

Khan was set to rematch Lamont Peterson on May 19th but the clash was called off due to Peterson testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan has now been given a shot at the undefeated Garcia, who beat living legend Erik Morales back in March to claim the WBC title.

Garcia, undefeated in 23, was due to fight mandatory challenge Ajose Olusegun and as a result the WBC have yet to confirm that they have sanctioned the fight.

Khan’s promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, are also hoping that the WBA and IBF titles will be on the line; with a hearing taking place in the next two weeks.

Considering this fight has had to be made on short notice, it isn’t a bad option. Garcia is a decent opponent but I expect Khan to dispose of him without any problems.

I was hoping that Khan would face Victor Ortiz instead, especially considering as the latter has had his own rematch cancelled, ironically, due to his opponent (Andre Berto) failing a drugs test.

The two fought in the amateurs (where Khan was victorious) and I think it has all the makings of a great fight. Both are exciting, young fighters and their styles could mesh really well and make it a great fight to watch.

However with Amir looking to move up to 147 very soon, I expect this is a fight we will get to see.

But back to the Khan-Garcia fight. I expect Khan to come through this fight with relative ease and stop Garcia somewhere between the mid to late rounds.

How you think the fight will pan out?