• Light-welterweight

Garcia 'won't duck' Khan rematch

ESPN staff
March 20, 2013
Danny Garcia says his win over Amir Khan made him No. 1 in the division © Getty Images

WBA and WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia has revealed he would be open to a rematch with Amir Khan.

The 25-year-old from Philadelphia defeated Khan back in July 2012 after knocking his opponent down in the third round and twice in the fourth round, and as Garcia prepares to defend his titles against Zab Judah on April 27 he is willing to fight Khan once again.

"I beat him once and I could beat him again," Garcia said on Ringside's Toe 2 Toe podcast on Sky Sports.

"This is the boxing world and I'm pretty sure a lot of people want to see that fight more than any other fight, so if I had to fight Khan again and my manager thinks it's a good move, and it's perfect, then we're going to do it.

"I duck nobody, never turn down opponents and if that's the guy who they want me to fight then that's who I'll fight."

Khan is taking on Julio Diaz on the same night as Garcia's fight, and Garcia believes his victory over the Bolton boxer showed he is the top dog in the division.

"At the time they said Amir Khan was the best in the division, so I beat the No. 1 guy to prove that I was No. 1," Garcia boasted. "I never fought for the vacant title, that's the difference between me and a lot of champions. I beat [Erik] Morales and he was the champion and I beat Khan and he was the champion, so I beat two champions to become the No. 1 champion.

"Do I feel like I proved myself? Yes. Do I feel like I have to prove myself more? Yes."

Garcia also added Khan should be untroubled in his bout against former lightweight champion Diaz, and feels Diaz is someone who will not be able to test him.

"It's a fight that he's [Khan's] supposed to win. You're really not going to tell until he fights the top fighters. When you fight someone who cannot keep up with you, you are going to look like a star."

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