Danny Garcia: No Khan Fight Unless It’s Unification Bout

by David P. Greisman

Junior-welterweight titleholder Danny Garcia says he won’t step in to face Amir Khan unless their fight is a unification bout — something that will not happen unless Lamont Peterson gets stripped of his belts.

“A unification bout with Khan is the only way we can fight,” Garcia tweeted Friday evening. “If he don’t get his belts back then I will have to face my mandatory.”

Garcia, who holds the WBC belt, is mandated to defend that belt against undefeated contender Ajose Olusegun. A purse bid for Garcia-Olusegun has been pushed back to June 1, according to a report earlier Friday on

Garcia has been named as a possible foe for Amir Khan, whose May 19 bout with Lamont Peterson was canceled after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone. Khan is now likely fighting on July 7, according to reports.

Peterson won the WBA and IBF belts when he defeated Khan in December. However, he’s admitted to taking the testosterone prior to that fight for what his team claims were legitimate medical reasons.

If Khan were to have those belts awarded back to him, that could allow Garcia to fight him without losing his WBC belt — a specific sanctioning body belt Garcia has said is incredibly important to him.

Under WBC rules, a unification bout can be determined to “take precedence over and occur prior to any previously designated mandatory defense.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by FirePunch on 05-19-2012

This guy got clowned and almost beat by a Past prime, super duper out of shape, Alzheimers and coming out of retirement Morales Khan needs to fight a real challenge not a c level

Comment by JoelRa79 on 05-19-2012

I like garcias attitude as well, also agree in that he needs to consider getting another trainer, he's and all around good fighter, heart, power, speed, stamina but he obviously needs to work a lot harder to get to the…

Comment by mani1 on 05-19-2012

[QUOTE=SelectOne;12147461]I must say i like this Garcia dude hes impressing me with his attitude he wants to fight khan and his excuses for it not happening are completely understandable he shouldn't have to vacate his belt for a pay day…

Comment by illadelph1016 on 05-19-2012

Garcia has potential but his father/trainer is a annoying ignorant ****. If Garcia don't pick up a new trainer, he won't go too far.

Comment by SelectOne on 05-19-2012

I must say i like this Garcia dude hes impressing me with his attitude he wants to fight khan and his excuses for it not happening are completely understandable he shouldn't have to vacate his belt for a pay day…

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