Bolton’s Amir Khan to fight undefeated WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia

By Dean Wilkins

Bolton’s Amir Khan is fighting undefeated WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia this July.

The Greater Manchester boxer revealed on his Twitter today that he will face the American in Las Vegas on July 14.

After his rematch with Lamont Peterson collapsed following a failed drugs test by the WBA and IBF light-welterweight holder, Khan wanted to take on the next best.

“May the best man win on 14 July. Khan vs Garcia,” Khan tweeted.

Garcia, 24, is unbeaten in 23 fights, with 14 knockouts, and poses a tough test for Khan.

But it is still undecided which belts will be fought for as Khan waits on hearing if the WBA and IBF titles he lost to Peterson in December will be returned.

But Garcia is due to meet obligatory challenger London-based Nigerian Ajose Olusegun and the return of Khan’s belts would mean his unification contest would take priority.

Khan told Sky Sports News: “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.”

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.”

Garcia said Khan was overrated and would continue his unbeaten record.

“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

“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.”

Khan returned to Bolton following Peterson’s failed test and said he would remain here for at least week before beginning his preparations in LA.

“I’ve taken two weeks off, I’ll probably take another week off but still do strength work,” he said.

“I’ll be ready so when I go back to LA I’ll be ready to work hard again and work with Freddie Roach on a new game plan.”

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