AMIR Khan is gunning for revenge against Danny Garcia after getting back to winning ways against Carlos Molina at the weekend.
Khan has failed to secure rematches with previous conquerors Breidis Prescott and Lamont Peterson, but remains hopeful of proving something to Garcia after being pummelled by the Philadelphian in July.
He had looked impressive in the early stages of that fight before getting caught and being floored three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage.
After forcing an early win in his return, he is eager to avenge the Garcia loss. “I’d love the rematch against Garcia because I know deep down I’m a better fighter than him,” said Khan.
“I made a mistake in that fight and I paid for that mistake. But I know I can beat him. I know I’m a better fighter, especially with the help of my new trainer, Virgil Hunter, and being based in San Francisco.
“I’m a better fighter and I’ll knock Danny Garcia out. We want the rematch – any time, anywhere – but I don’t think Garcia will.”
Garcia, who is scheduled to defend his WBC and WBA belts against Zab Judah in February, insists he is up for it if a satisfactory deal can be struck.
“If the money’s right then we’ll definitely fight whenever and wherever,” he said. “But it’s up to what Golden Boy [Promotions] wants because I can say ‘yeah let’s do it’ but really I have no control over it.
“I’m not the businessman in this team. I’m the athlete, the entertainer. I let my team do the business and I prepare for the fight.”
Garcia would not fancy a trip to England, though. “Man, I don’t know if I’d come back alive – they’d be waiting for me at the airport or they’ll be waiting for my dad. I love you guys but I’m okay, thanks! If everything is right then we can do it.”
Garcia admits he would not have the benefit of surprise should the two men meet again. “I knew Khan was going to start our fight fast because he’s a fast fighter,” he said.
“He has speed. But once I was able to see his punches and block and slip a few while landing my own shots, I knew it would be a turning point in the fight.
“I think he’ll a bit more aware of it and more cautious this time because last time he was a little reckless. I know I’ll definitely win the fight but it might not be that early this time.”
Khan has since moved from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter but Garcia doubts the switch will make too much difference. “In terms of fighters changing trainers like that, when you watch tapes as a fighter you’re supposed to know what you need to work on and change,” said Garcia, who is trained by his father, Angel.
“I’ll be like ‘hey Pop, I did this wrong today, can we work on this’ and he’ll say something. You work as a team. You don’t always have to have someone telling you what to do all the time.
“You know as a fighter what you have to sharpen up and work on.”
Khan managed to get back on a winning streak of sorts with his dominant victory over Molina, out-boxing the Californian at the LA Memorial Sports Arena before Molina’s corner pulled him out after the tenth. “I thought I stuck to my game plan and was keeping faith in my jab,” Khan said.
“Carlos took some really good shots but was still coming forward, so I thought to myself ‘I’d better stick to this game plan’.”