Danny Garcia not interested in Khan fight, says Angel G.
By Scott Gilfoid: Angel Garcia, the trainer/father of unbeaten former WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs), says Danny is not interested in fighting #1 WBC Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) again. Garcia beat Khan in 2012 in stopping him in the 4th round.
Garcia’s usual custom is to move on and never face his previous opponents again after he beats them, and it appears that this is the idea that Angel has for Danny. Unfortunately, Garcia is fighting #6 WBC Robert Guerrero (33-3, 18 KOs) this Saturday night for the vacant WBC welterweight title.
Khan is the #1 WBC challenger, and he was skipped over by the World Boxing Council this time around. However, Khan has the option of fighting the winner of the Garcia vs. Guerrero fight in his next bout if he wants it. The only that Khan doesn’t get that fight is if the WBC gives the Garcia-Guerrero winner the option to take one or two voluntary defenses to milk the title against weak opposition for some easy paydays before needing to fight Khan.
“It is between the WBC and Al Haymon and the managing team,” Angel Garcia said to Behind The Gloves. “To me, not saying anything bad about Khan but I don’t even want that.There are bigger things in life. Old things out, new things in.”
Well, it’s not as if Garcia has been taking on fighters with bigger names than Khan. I don’t understand why Angel wouldn’t want Danny to fight Khan. If Angel is counting on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to come out of retirement to throw Danny a bone by giving him a fight, I think he’s kidding himself.
Mayweather isn’t going to do that in my view. About the best thing that Garcia can hope for if he gets past Guerrero is a unification fight against WBA 147lb champion Keith “One Time” Thurman. I don’t think that’s going to happen though. Garcia and Thurman are both managed by Al Haymon, and I believe he likes the idea of having as many champions in his stable as possible.
If Haymon matches Thurman and Garcia up against each other, then he’d be losing one of his champions. Haymon has been pretty careful with the guys that he’s been matching against Garcia all these years. I don’t think he’s going to change that style of match-making anytime soon. Garcia is usually the A-side in his fights, and the favored fighter. If Haymon were to put him in with Thurman or even Shawn Porter, it would be a 50-50 fight, and things might not work out for Garcia. In other words, his long run of luck in terms of winning close decisions might run out.
If Garcia wins the WBC title tomorrow night, then he’s not going to have much choice but to fight Khan if he wants to keep the WBC title. To be sure, Garcia can always vacate the strap rather than fight Khan, but it’ll make him look bad if he does that. If Khan wants to fight for the WBC title, then Angel Garcia won’t have any say so in the matter. I mean, he can stomp his feet and hold his breath, hoping that Khan will lose interest in the fight, but that’s not going to help. The only thing Angel can do is tell Danny to give up the WBC title so that he can dodge the Khan fight. That’s the only thing that Angel can do.
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