British star Amir Khan has spoken of his desire to rematch with Danny Garcia in December after pulling out of negotiations to face Manny Pacquiao.
The 28-year-old Bolton ace wants to avenge the fourth round TKO defeat he suffered at the hands of unbeaten American Garcia in July 2012.
Speaking to Yahoo Sports and Maxinutrition.com, the former two-time light-welterweight world champion spoke about the potential for these two lucrative bouts.
“I’d like to have the rematch [with Garcia],” said Khan.
“I think it would be a good fight for me and for the fans, so we’re trying to make it materialise.
“I’ve been asking for that fight ever since I lost the first time against Danny and I never really got the chance to make it happen, but now I’m hopeful that I’ll get the chance to settle the score.”
“Regardless of the result, Khan-Garcia II would be an exciting fight. I want to give boxing fans what they want, and because I have unfinished business with Danny, of course I really want the fight.
“I know Danny won our first fight but to be honest, he hasn’t done much since that great win over Lucas Matthysse in 2013. He hasn’t really moved forward since then, while I’ve learned from my mistakes and improved – so a rematch would be very interesting.”
Khan was comprehensively beaten by the then 23-0 Garcia as he attempted to unify the WBA and WBC Light-Welterweight titles. The former Olympic hero has since moved up to welterweight and enjoyed good form at 147lbs, winning wide unanimous decisions against Luis Collazo, Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.
“He’s moved up in weight from light-welter to welter now, and maybe that will work out for him. Maybe he was breaking his back trying to make light-welterweight. This means there’ll be no excuses for either of us in a second fight,” Khan added.
“We’ll both be at a better weight, we’re different fighters than we were in 2012 and it should be an even better fight.”