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 – Peterson II in doubt

8 05 2012

The highly anticipated rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson is in doubt after Peterson tested positive for a banned substance.Khan - Peterson II in doubt

Khan and Peterson were set to face off once again on May 19th after the WBA ordered a rematch following Peterson’s controversial split decision win back on December 10th.

However that rematch looks under real threat after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone following a urine sample that had been taken on March 19th.

Both Khan and Peterson had agreed to be randomly drug tested for bloody and urine by VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) for this clash.

Peterson’s publicist had this to say to RingTV.com on behalf of Peterson and trainer Barry Hunter: “We have tremendous respect for VADA and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible.

“We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

“Lamont has never had a positive test either before or after this isolated occurrence, and we plan to submit medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”

Below are two video’s from Khan’s business manager, Asif Vali, on the situation:

Now one of the key things that Asif Vali mentions is that the Peterson team said it was something that was taken before the last fight. Now if that was the case, why wasn’t it picked up before (if there was any testing) and was it synthetic testosterone that was taken in the lead up to the previous fight? If so, surely that fight should be ruled a no-contest and why is it in his system still?

While I’m not saying they’re, the Peterson camp definitely has some explaining to do.

Another thing would be that if Peterson did request the random testing, would he, or a member of his team, knowingly risk this fight, and his career, by introducing a banned substance into his system?

It’s a very odd situation indeed.

For those who are unsure what synthetic testosterone is or what it does here’s a brief summary.

This anabolic steroid is a form of testosterone usually produced from soy or yams in factories, not the human body. It can be introduced into the body by injection, with patches, or other means.

And when it’s introduced to the body, according to Gary Wadler, MD, chairman of the Prohibited List and Methods Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), “it would be a deliberate attempt to increase muscle strength and mass, shorten recovery time from vigorous exercise, and keep muscle tissue from breaking down (catabolism) when pushed to the extreme.”

Now if this is the case then there is no doubt Lamont Peterson should be banned from the sport altogether but until everything is cleared up those in charge, there’s not much we can do other than to speculate.

It’s a massive shame that people will (rightfully or wrongly) question Peterson’s achievements in the first fight between the pair but there is no space for cheats in the sport of boxing.

More on this story as it continues…