It has been some week for Amir Khan, just days before his WBC Light Welterweight fight with undefeated American Danny Garcia in Las Vegas, the WBA have announced they will reinstate Khan as their Light Welterweight champion.
The announcement means that Khan and Garcia will be fighting a unification fight with both the WBC and WBA belts on the line – this adds an extra spice for boxing betting fans who’ll be staying up to watch this one in the wee small hours of Sunday morning.
It has been a rollercoaster year for Amir Khan… Firstly, there was talk of Khan stepping-up to Welterweight class having supposedly outgrown his Light Welterweight division. His swangsong fight was against Lamont Peterson in the Americans own backdoor… Hindsight proves this wasn’t the smartest move by the Khan camp as Khan lost on a tight points decision. After the fight came the real controversy as it was alleged “scorecard tampering may have taken place”.
A rematch was scheduled for the 19th of May, however, a week before the fight it emerged that Peterson had failed a drugs test. Today the WBA have given Khan back his title, which brings us full circle.
Khan’s opponent, Danny Garcia is unbeaten in 23 fights (14 by KO) and currently holds the WBC Light Welterweight title after he beat Mexican Erik Morales by a unanimous decision. Garcia is loud, but he’s also dedicated to his sport.
Garcia might not have the ability which Khan has at his disposal, which is why Khan is the odds-on favourite with the bookies in the Amir Khan v Danny Garcia betting stakes. But he has heart and this will make sure he’ll not be “quite the walkover” as others have commented.
A repeat of the Lamont Peterson fight and Khan can kiss goodbye to any high-esteemed thoughts he may have of fighting Mayweather in the Middleweight division… Lessons must be learnt and listening to the noises coming out of the Khan camp – it seems they’ve done their homework on Garcia – expect a late round knockout.
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The Amir Khan v Danny Garcia fight is live on Sky Sports1 on Sunday, the 15th of July at 2.00am
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