Khan: I’ll beat Garcia in style

Amir KhanBy Michael Collins: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) wants to prove himself against WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO’s) in their fight on July 14th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan is facing Garcia because his originally scheduled opponent Lamont Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan was beaten by Peterson last December in one of Khan’s poorer performances of his career. Khan still believes he should have won the fight, and after finding out that Peterson tested positive for testosterone recently, Khan feels somewhat vindicated.

Speaking with RingTV, Khan said “I’ll win the fight in style and shut all the mouths of those people who doubted me, because I put on a great performance against Lamont Peterson…I believe I won it.”

I wouldn’t call Khan’s performance against Peterson as a great performance by him or anything close to that.. Had the fight been stopped after three rounds, you could say that Khan put in a good performance. Up to that point, Khan’s hand speed and power was dominating the show. However, the fight turned around in the 4th when Khan tried to stand in front of Peterson and slug with him. Peterson quickly got the better of Khan in that round, and from then on Khan was running, shoving, putting Peterson in head locks and pulling down on his head over and over again. It was kind of strange the way that Khan kept grabbing Peterson by the head to yank him forward, because I’ve seen fighters only use this move sparingly in fights. I’ve never seen a fighter depend on it almost like a clinch. The referee probably should have taken some points off for that move from Khan because it looked dirty and completely unnecessary. However, Khan couldn’t deal with Peterson’s inside fighting ability and he seemed like he had little choice but to run and use his fouling to keep from getting knocked out. But I definitely disagree with Khan in him seeing his performance against Peterson as a “Great performance”, because Khan looked awful and out of his depth.

Garcia is probably somebody Khan can beat. I say probably because Garcia has good inside fighting ability and he’s a pressure fighter just like Peterson. He’ll put a lot of pressure on Khan, and if Khan can’t handle it, we’ll likely see him either get knocked out or he’ll duplicate his performance from the Peterson fight by running and fouling all night.

Article posted on 24.05.2012

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