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?





Khan – Peterson II is OFF!!!!

9 05 2012

Khan - Peterson II in doubtAmir Khan has confirmed that his rematch with Lamont Peterson is officially off via his Twitter account.

The fight was due to take place on May 19th but has been in doubt since it was discovered that Peterson tested positive for a banned substance (synthetic testosterone).

Khan will now look to secure an opponent to fight on June 30th.

Here is the tweet:

Amir Khan ‏ @AmirKingKhan

The fight is off! sorry everyone the only person to blame is@kingpete26 I’ll be looking for a opponent to fight June 30th

Amir Khan on the situation:

Richard Schaefer on the situation:

Adam Smith on the situation:





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…





WBA grant Khan rematch

14 01 2012
Amir KHan

Khan granted rematch

Amir Khan has been granted a rematch with Lamont Peterson by the WBA, following an appeal by Golden Boy and Team Khan.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Peterson in December following a split decision victory for the American.

The fight had its fair share of controversy as Khan was deducted two points for pushing by referee Joe Cooper, while “mystery man” – IBF associate Mustafa Ameen – was judged to have interfered with the judges’ scorecards.

Since the fight the Team Khan and Golden Boy have been very vocal in their protest and have now finally got their wish. They also launched a complaint with the IBF and a hearing has been scheduled for January 18.

The WBA released the following statement:

“Peterson’s split-decision victory over Khan in Washington DC has been riddled with controversy as a result of a plethora of anomalies in connection with the bout,” a statement read.

“Acting under its authority pursuant to WBA Rule C.26, the WBA concluded that the bout’s outcome was impacted by referee Joseph Cooper’s questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12.

“As further cause to order the rematch, the WBA also pointed to Mr Ameen’s apparent intrusion into the scoring process as well as possible discrepancies between the score sheets of the two sanctioning organizations and the local athletic commission.

“In its resolution mandating the rematch, the WBA went out of its way to note that, under normal circumstances, it would not disturb the discretionary function of a referee.

“However, in this case, because of the multiple irregularities, it was necessary for it to order the rematch.”

Well I suppose a rematch was always going to happen once Team Khan and Golden Boy lodged their protest but I think a rematch was warranted just because of the closeness of their first fight.

But the way in which Team Khan have acted in getting this rematch has left a bad taste in some fans mouth, who believe Khan has been “classless” and should be embarrassed by his behaviour. He’s never really given Peterson much credit or acknowledged his mistakes/flaws that contributed to the closeness of their first fight, instead choosing to label the fight a “fix” instead.

Now the rematch is going to happen Khan cannot make the same mistakes he did in the last fight. He seemed too preoccupied with moving up to welterweight and a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

For me I can see this fight going exactly the same way as the first unless Khan has significantly improved since that meeting, which I can’t see. Khan has trouble with pressure fights and guys who fight on the inside, proven in the first fight with Peterson and with his fight against Marcos Maidana.

I really don’t think Khan has the boxing I.Q. to make adjustments in the fight when things are not working out for him. For instance, he complained about Peterson coming in low with his head. Instead of complaining to the referee and pushing Peterson off, why not take a step or two back and throw an uppercut?

He seems fine when sticking to a game plan that is working but once that goes he doesn’t seem able to make the adjustments during the fight. He resorts to getting into a war, which is great for the fans, and trying to prove his chin.

But I’m expecting Khan to win the rematch via points. I still think he won the first fight by one or two rounds but he made the fight a lot harder for himself.

If Khan can stick to a game plan and learn to make the right adjustments in a fight, he should win this fight. I can’t see Peterson winning a close fight again.

It’s a good fight for boxing fans to see because their first fight provided great entertainment so let’s hope the rematch lives up to the billing.

Khan has to stay focused on the task in hand here though. He’s already said (now the rematch has been given) he’ll knock Peterson out and will fight Mayweather in the next 18 months, which makes me think he hasn’t learned from the first fight.

He has to stay focused on Peterson and work on his weaknesses in order to get past Peterson.

If he manages that he has to fight Timothy Bradley, just so we can see who the best fighter at 140lbs really is.

After that Khan can move up to welterweight but he’s a long, long, long way off from fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.





WBA president calls for Khan rematch

6 01 2012

WBA president Gilberto Mendoza has called for a rematch between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson.Amir KHan

Mendoza has said: “It generates a lot of controversy. There should be a rematch.

“The Washington DC Commission did not behave properly in this fight.”

This has mainly stemmed from Amir Khan questioning who the mystery man at ringside was during his fight with Peterson. Khan took to Twitter to air his grievances and it seems as though the WBA have listened.

According to Mendoza’s statement the mystery man claimed to be an International Boxing Federation (IBF) official but the IBF have failed to make a comment so far.

Watch this space for further developments….





Khan alleges judge interference

6 01 2012

Khan dethroned

Amir Khan has alleged a mystery man interfered with the judges scoring during his controversial points loss to Lamont Peterson. 

Khan has taken to Twitter to post a series of messages, videos and pictures to back up his claims.

Now this whole thing to me still smacks of desperation from the Khan camp but for once he might actually have a point here.

Everyone knows you’re not meant to interfere with judges during the fight at all and if you see the pictures and video footage of the fight you can clearly see judge Michael Walsh missing parts of the fight due to this mystery man

Hopefully we will get an answer to this whole thing very soon because IF it is true then it is a shocking end for boxing in 2011; a year that had some its fair share of questionable scoring (Murray-Sturm, Macklin-Sturm, Pacquaio-Marquez and Chisora-Helenius).

But view the slideshow and video below and judge for yourselves but please keep this in mind; if the decision had gone in Khan’s favour and Peterson was crying foul would Khan care? Or even consider a rematch?

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Skip to 8:46 for the start of the fight.

What does everyone think? Does Khan have a point? Or is he just clutching at straws?