By Carlos Boogs
Former unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 17 KOs) is very interested in a rematch with his former rival, British fighter Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs).
The collided on 2012 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan got off to a very fast star and swept the first two and a half rounds before getting clipped late in the third. He never fully recovered and suffered two more knockdowns in the fourth before the fight was waved off.
Both fighters are now competing in the welterweight division. Garcia has his second welterweight bout on January 23rd, when he faces former champion Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Garcia remembers his father and trainer, Angel Garcia, infuriated Khan with his pre-fight comments.
"He jumped on me quick. He tried to knock me out because of my pops. I already knew his game plan was to come out fast. I knew I just had to sit on my shots," Garcia said.
Garcia sees a Khan rematch as being the biggest fight possible, financially, at welterweight. He says the fight is big enough to warrant a pay-per-view headliner.
Khan believes Garcia has been ducking him since their 2012 encounter, but Garcia says he is ready for the fight at any time.
“I think so [that it's the biggest fight that can be made for me at 147], I think that's pay-per-view," Garcia said.
"I think he’s improved, but I think I’ve improved a lot too. I was way less experienced when I faced him. I just won the world title [from Erik Morales] and then faced him. he fought a lot of great fighters too before [we faced each other] . I'm a lot more experienced now. I feel a lot stronger at 147. I'm ready for whatever."