WBC tabs Amir Khan as mandatory challenger to the winner of Garcia-Guerrero clash
By Joseph Correa
The World Boxing Council has announced that #1 ranked contender Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the upcoming fight between Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and Robert Guerrero (33-3-1 18 KOs) which will be taking place on January 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The WBC also announced that the Garcia vs. Guerrero fight would be for the vacant WBC 147lb title. Robert Guerrero, who is currently ranked #6 by the WBC was chosen over Khan to the surprise of many and now fights for the WBC Welterweight crown.
Lamont Peterson vs. Andre Berto will also meet in an elimination bout which will determine the second mandatory challenger to the title holder. The choice of fighter's is odd and makes little sense seeing as though the division is stacked with talent and in my opinion, fighters who are more deserving of the opportunity (Spence, Thurman, Porter, Brook) but this is boxing after all!
Many have Garcia winning the fight before the first punch is thrown, but I think the match up with Guerrero will be more interesting than most are giving it credit for and with the recent news of the fight becoming a title bout, that is all the more motivation to overcome the odds and perhaps catch Garcia off guard. Guerrero is not the most talented fighter in the division, but what he lacks in talent he more than makes up for in heart and
For Amir Khan, this could be just the opportunity he's been waiting for or perhaps it's just the opposite. Since suffering his knockout loss to Garcia in 2012, he has taken on what many would consider easy opposition and
It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out and whether more names will enter the sweepstakes. For now, we sit and wait for January 23 when Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero take center stage in Los Angeles.