By Keith Idec
NEW YORK — A Danny Garcia-Amir Khan rematch is one that is likely to be scheduled eventually.
For now, it appears as if Garcia will first target a fight against a former two-division champion Khan dominated last year. Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer indicated Sunday morning that he is seriously interested in making a Garcia-Zab Judah fight early in 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Judah was raised.
Judah sat ringside Saturday night for Garcia’s spectacular fourth-round knockout of faded Mexican legend Erik Morales in a WBC super welterweight title fight.
“Zab had mentioned Danny’s name before and it’s something which we’re going to be discussing with [Judah’s] team,” Schaefer said. “I’m sure we would have a full house here in Brooklyn for that fight, so that’s definitely something we’ll look to explore.”
Judah, who’ll turn 35 on Saturday, is in promotional limbo because he allowed his contract with Main Events to expire over the summer and the 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather Jr. partnership dissolved before it even really began.
Those are among the reasons no company other than Headbangers Promotions, operated by the family of Lamont Peterson’s trainer, bid on the IBF-mandated junior welterweight title fight between Washington, D.C.’s Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and Judah (42-7, 29 KOs, 2 NC), a Las Vegas resident.
Headbangers Promotions’ $50,000 bid would leave Judah with $12,500 after a required 75-25 purse split between the champion and No. 1 challenger. There is obviously much more money to be made if Judah challenges Garcia — Morales’ overall compensation package for Saturday’s rematch is believed to have been in the neighborhood of $1 million.
The 24-year-old Garcia, meanwhile, would welcome a fight against Judah or anyone else. The entertaining fighter from Philadelphia’s confidence is at an all-time high after extremely impressive back-to-back performances against Morales and England’s Khan (26-3, 18 KOs), whom Garcia also stopped in the fourth round July 14 in Las Vegas.
“I’ll fight anybody,” said Garcia, who improved to 25-0 and recorded his 16th knockout against Morales (52-9, 36 KOs). “Like I said before, my job is not to pick my fights. My job is to train hard and be focused in the gym, and whoever they put in front of me, destroy them.”
Garcia added after defeating Morales that he doesn’t intend to move up to welterweight any time soon. He also isn’t impressed with Argentine slugger Lucas Matthysse (32-2, 30 KOs), whom one reporter asked about him fighting next. Matthysse won the WBC’s interim super lightweight title Sept. 8 in Las Vegas, where he stopped Nigeria’s Ajose Olusegun (30-1, 14 KOs) in the 10th round.
“Lucas Matthysse, to me he’s not one of the best,” Garcia said. “He don’t even got a title,” but, “I can beat anybody.”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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