• Amir Khan v Danny Garcia

Garcia: Khan fights hand-picked opponents

ESPN staff
July 2, 2012
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WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia feels his next opponent Amir Khan has only ever appeared in carefully chosen fights, designed to make him appear better than he actually is.

Khan will attempt to win the WBC crown - as well as the vacant WBA title - against Garcia when they meet in Las Vegas on July 14, in what will be the Brit's final appearance at 140lbs.

Khan's reputation seemed to take a huge dent when he was beaten by Lamont Peterson late last year, but the American's victory has been discredited after it emerged he failed a drug test.

Former Olympian Khan is once again being discussed in elevated company, with a meeting with Floyd Mayweather Jr being mooted - but Garcia insists he is not worthy of such lucrative contests.

"I know that I'm going to hurt him in this fight. He never fought anyone like me. All of his other fights were set-up fights to make him look good. This fight right here, he is going to have his hands full," Garcia told The Boxing Lab.

"Everybody says he's fast and all that, but he reaches a lot with his punches and I think that's where he goes wrong. I'm a great counter-puncher, so if he comes in and he wants to reach, then he has to pay. If he wants to fight then we can fight. If he wants to box then we could box. Whatever he wants to do, I'm going to adapt in there and make a exciting fight and win."

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