Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Lederman Could See Mayweather-Khan Taking Place

By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, junior welterweight bragging rights will be on the line when British star and recently-reinstated WBA champion Amir Khan faces off with WBC champion Danny Garcia. The HBO-televised duel figures to entertain and the result of the match will go a long way in determining Khan’s ultimate resting place in the sport.

Set to watch the action from ringside will be HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman, one of the biggest enthusiasts you will find in the sport. I caught up with the always-affable New York native moments before the official Khan-Garcia weigh-in, and he admitted that he is anticipating tonight’s showdown.

“Extremely so,” Lederman would state. “You’ve got to love it when you have two young guys, two hungry guys, in a fight. Either guy can win. Both guys have terrific skills, both guys have terrific amateur backgrounds, both guys have terrific professional backgrounds. It’s a very exciting night of boxing, that’s for sure.”

Khan was originally scheduled to face Lamont Peterson on May 19th but saw his rematch with the Washington, D.C. fighter fall apart after Peterson failed a pre-fight drug test. Garcia stepped in shortly thereafter to fill the void and he certainly brings a different kind of attack to the ring.

“It’s a different type of fighter, no doubt about it,” Lederman said when comparing Garcia to Peterson. “At least Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia are both right-handed guys. Amir doesn’t have to make tremendous adjustments. But Amir’s predicting a knockout. I don’t know if he will. Danny Garcia’s a very good fighter who we really haven’t see get knocked around too badly.

“Danny seems to improve with each and every fight; he’s beaten some good fighters in Nate Campbell and Kendall Holt, and certainly Erik Morales,” Lederman continued. “He won a tremendous amount of amateur titles. Philadelphia fighter and he talks about that very, very often. There’s nothing tougher than the gyms in Philadelphia, that’s for sure.”

Around this time last year, Khan was getting ready for his bout with then-IBF champion Zab Judah, who he would stop in five rounds. That win helped to bolster Khan’s status and there were whispers of a possible showdown with Floyd Mayweather someday taking place.

Peterson would ruin any immediate thoughts of such a notion with his upset over Khan last December, but Lederman feels that Amir could be in position to land a fight with Floyd if successful against Garcia.

“Amir and Floyd Mayweather certainly is a possibility, there’s no doubt about it,” Lederman stated. “Everybody likes talking about it. Amir Khan’s a big, tall guy who can box, punch, move; he’d definitely have some chance with Floyd. I think he definitely would be competitive. Floyd is the best fighter today but certainly Amir would be as competitive as anybody out there."

Recent Coverage from Chris Robinson
CRHarmony YouTube Page for an inside look at the world of boxing in videos
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gino Ros on 07-14-2012

[SIZE="4"]Has anybody seen the official Pacquiao-Bradley PPV numbers? Two and a half months ....and counting.[/SIZE]

Comment by finbowy on 07-14-2012

its now or never for khan, i think he realises he is at his peak

Comment by StrangerInTown on 07-14-2012

Harold is an extraordinary boxing mind. He knows the sport as well as one can without 'lacing 'em up'. Khan could certainly be Floyd's next step. It could also be his final one. It depends upon his state of mind…

Comment by toners3 on 07-14-2012

Lederman needs to take a shot in the mouth. Always critizes fighters in the ring...bet can't even tie his own shoes without getting winded.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Mikey Garcia: Adrien Broner Will Be Surprised at How Good I Am Paulie Malignaggi Breaks Down Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia Garcia: Don't Know if Top Rank Would Make Crawford Fight With Me Gutierrez Vows: I'm Going To Ruin Carl Frampton's Big Night! Raymundo Beltran Still Fighting Hard To Secure His Green Card David Haye Makes Moves To Face Hughie Fury - If He Wins Title Video: Juan Francisco Estrada Motivated To Make Statement Roy Jones Jr. Wants a Showdown With Tony Bellew Video: Carlos Cuadras Eager To Shock Juan Francisco Estrada Kell Brook: I Want Miguel Cotto! Does He Fancy The Job? Video: Roman Gonzalez on The Rematch With Sor Rungvisia Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia: Good Fight, Rewards Later Randy Caballero vs. Diego De La Hoya in Play For Canelo-Golovkin Robert Garcia: Arum Would Never Let Lomachenko Fight Mikey! Video: Marco Antonio Barrera on Mayweather-McGregor, More McGregor Reacts To Mike Tyson, Says Critics Will 'Eat Their Words' Video: Tom Loeffler on Super Flyweight Triple, Canelo-Golovkin Video: Katie Taylor Talks Bout on Broner-Garcia Card Video: Jermall Charlo Talks 160 Run, Broner-Garcia, More Malignaggi: McGregor an Above Average Puncher, Very Accurate AIBA President Set To Be Ousted as Internal Rift Continues Linares-Campbell Could Land on September 23 in LA, Says Hearn Broner: Don't Care About Mayweather-McGregor, No $$$ In It for Me Photos: Katie Taylor Showing Off Her Moves in New York City Photos: Jarrell Miller, Gerald Washington - Open Workouts Photos: Jermall Charlo, Jorge Sebastian Heiland Putting in Work Photos: Miguel Cotto Grinding Hard For Kamegai Showdown White Explains Why Mayweather-McGregor Will Be a Good Fight Photos: Zou Shiming, Sho Kimura - Face To Face at Final Presser Victor Ortiz: I Can Be One of The Best at 147, There For The Taking! Tyson Fury Announces His Retirement Again on Social Media? Mayweather-McGregor: Odds, Props Movements - 1 Month Out Anthony Fowler Gets Foe For Liverpool Return Rau'shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo: Olympians on the Outside Katie Taylor Aims To Be Impressive on Broner-Garcia Card UK News: Singh Back With Warren; Buatsi and Cordina Return Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck on September 9 in Berlin Team Donaire Praise Ringstar, Target Mares, Santa Cruz, Frampton Ellerbe: Broner Will Prove All the Naysayers Wrong Against Garcia Jermell Charlo: I'm Backing GGG, Canelo Avoided Me and Brother!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement