Khan next to battle with Garcia says the WBC
By Joseph Correa
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman announced this week that WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) must face #1 ranked WBC challenger Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) next and that the fight must take place by June of this year. Failure to meet this requirement could result in the WBC stripping him of the welterweight title he won this past Saturday night against Robert Guerrero.
“Amir Khan is the mandatory contender. He is next for Danny Garcia and they must fight by June,” Sulaiman said via Dan Rafael-ESPN.com
The fight would be a rematch of their 2012 clash which ended in a dramatic 4th round TKO victory for Garcia. Khan dominated the first two rounds with ease and was up in the third before being caught by a big counter left hook that dropped him with 30 seconds left in the round. That left hook changed the complexion of the fight and in the 4th round, Khan had still not recovered and was on rubbery legs from the moment the bell rang. It wasn't long before Khan was put down again and then for a final time prompting Kenny Bayless to stop the fight at 2:27 of the 4th round.
Garcia's camp has maintained that they are not interested in a rematch with Khan leaving many scratching their heads as to the reason behind this. Many fans are in favor of a return match-up between the two and the fight would surely command a good payday for both. It will be interesting to see how things materialize in the next few weeks. If Garcia chooses to skip the mandatory and risk vacating his belt, he may pursue the winner of the Thurman-Porter fight or could look to the winner of the Brook-Bizier fight both of which are taking place in March of this year. These are fights that fans would love to see and both would be big tests for Garcia who many have criticized as a fighter who "cherry" picks his opponents. With that being said, let's just hope his next opponent is not Luis Collazo.