Boxing - Khan ready for Garcia rematch but will have to wait

Amir Khan admits his hopes of avenging the knockout defeat to Danny Garcia will likely be after he has fought again in April.

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Amir Khan poses with his WBC Silver super-lightweight belt in the ring during a media day at the at the Gloves Community Centre on December 19, 2012 in Bolton (photo: Clive Brunskill)

Khan said in an interview moments after his win over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles that he still believes to be a better boxer than Garcia, who stopped the Brit in four rounds in July.

Garcia was in attendance that night to hear Khan’s comments, but Khan later explained that Garcia will not appear to be ready to fight in April, when ‘King’ Khan hopes to return to the ring.

It now looks as though both men will fight different opponents before plans for a return bout can be properly accelerated.

“I want a rematch with Garcia because I know that I’m a better fighter than him,” said Khan, who believes his technique has improved now that he has replaced Freddie Roach with Virgil Hunter as his trainer.

“Hunter is a great trainer, I’m improving my boxing because he’s teaching me techniques to improve my speed and accuracy.”

However Garcia’s trainer, his father Angel, believes that nothing about Khan’s fighting style has changed after attending the Molina fight with his son, and that the 26-year-old still harbours the same defensive weaknesses.

“I saw the same guy. All they’re trying to do is calm him down more. But if he calms down more then he’s really in danger because he’s going to sit there and get hit,” Garcia senior said.

“He looked real anxious out there, like he was trying to prove to the world that he is still the best. But can he take a shot from a guy who can punch, like Danny?”

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