By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Joe Miranda
Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) continued his preparation Tuesday at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California for his upcoming world title fight against undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) to be held July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “My preparation has been brilliant. A long training camp, we were over in the Philippines getting ready for the Peterson fight but that fight got called off,” Khan told Fightnews.com.
With just a little over a week to go, Khan is ready for his showdown as he looked sharp at Tuesday’s media workout, working with trainer Freddie Roach. “We have had a really good training camp we have had good sparring,” Roach said. “We are ready to fight Garcia.” Helping out in preparation for Danny Garcia, Roach has brought in the services of Ruslan Provodnikov, who is coming off a spectacular knockout win last Friday on ESPN Friday Night Fights, undefeated Armenian power puncher Art Hovannesyan, and lightweight prospect Kevin Hoskins.
“[Garcia] is a tough kid shows a lot of heart and is a good quality opponent,” Roach said. “I think Amir is the superior fighter he is the taller with longer arms he throws straight punches and Garcia throws a lot of punches I think we have a chance of catching him early because he’s a slow starter. I suggest Amir gets warmed up early.”
The news today was Khan suffering a cut on his nose yesterday while sparring but fortunately the cut was not serious enough to call off the fight. Khan spoke to the media on the accident. “I suffered the cut yesterday during sparring. I got elbowed,” Khan told media.
Khan is coming off a disputed split decision loss to Lamont Peterson in Washington D.C, Peterson’s hometown last December. Khan was originally slated for a May 19 rematch against Peterson, but Peterson tested positive for a banned substance and the fight was cancelled. Khan decided to move forward and take on Danny Garcia. “It seems like a long time since I have been in the ring it is going to be good for me to give my fans a chance to see me fight and go back to Britain and be the new WBA/WBC champion. For a 25-year-old that is in his prime, I think it’s too long to be out of the game for six months. I’m happy Danny Garcia took the fight.”
Both Amir Khan and Danny Garcia have agreed to be tested by USADA leading to the fight as Khan spoke to Fightnews.com on the random drug testing. “I took another test this morning. Drug testing is going amazing. I think its brilliant boxing is cleaning up and we all should do more of the drug testing. It’s only for everyone’s best.”
Things got a little heated at last month’s press conference at the ESPN Zone in Los Angeles when Danny Garcia’s outspoken father/trainer Angel Garcia referred to Amir Khan as overrated. Those comments ignited the situation as both camps got in a heated exchange of words as Amir Khan promised he would make Danny Garcia pay for his father’s actions.
“That trash talk has motivated me it makes me train harder and want to knock Danny Garcia out. It has made me more serious and focused,” Khan told Fightnews.com
“Danny is a nice young man. His dad talks a lot. He is a shit talker,” Roach said about Garcia’s father/trainer
One thing is certain that this will be a great matchup to continue an exciting summer of boxing. You won’t be disappointed with any fight Khan is in as he has proven in fights with Paul Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana, and Lamont Peterson. Amir Khan and Danny Garcia have the styles for an action packed fight perhaps a potential fight of the year candidate.
“Come July 14 you can expect a great performance from me. As always it will be explosive it will be another great victory for me. The difference in classes will show. I will show Danny Garcia that I am an elite fighter not just a world champion,” Khan concluded.
“Khan vs. Garcia,” a 12-round fight for Garcia’s WBC Super Lightweight World Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1HD in the United Kingdom at 2:00 a.m. BST Sunday, July 15.