SecondsOut breaks down the matchup and figures out who will win
By Mike Sloan:The MandalayBay Events Center in torrid Las Vegas will play host to one of the more intriguing showdowns of the year in Amir Khan versus Danny Garcia. Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) was originally supposed to try to exact revenge against Lamont Peterson in May, but when Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone after a random urinalysis in March, the ballyhooed rematch was scrapped.
The popular Brit in turn had no opponent until the scrappy Danny Garcia, an unbeatenPhiladelphianative fresh off a win over Erik Morales, stepped up and took the fight. Suddenly, Khan’s next bout changed from a rematch stemming from a dubious decision into a fight with a dangerous opponent who has never tasted defeat.
Garcia is a terrific boxer-puncher and Khan has deft head and foot movement and clever guile inside the ring. It’ll be a test of patience and a properly-executed gameplan that will pave the road toward victory for both men, but the outcome has always been in doubt.
SecondsOut.com has broken down the matchup in all the important categories and has the winner already raising his hands. So if you want to know exactly who will win and how the fight will unfold between Amir Khan and Danny Garcia (23-0, 14KOs) before the first punch is ever thrown, simply continue reading:
Punching power: Garcia has flattened guys like John Figueroa, Mike Arnaoutis, Oscar Leon, and Enrique Colin; guys who are tough but aren’t exactly world-beaters. Khan has taken out similar types like Dmitriy Salita, Oisin Fagan, and Michael Gomez. Sure, he’s stopped Marco Antonio Barrera and Zab Judah, but both of them were shells of their former selves. It’s tough to say who has the more powerful hands because neither is known as a devastating puncher, and neither is considered a current-day Sven Ottke. This category is as close as they come, so if it boiled down to one man taking the other’s shot better, then the edge goes to one (more on that later). Advantage: Garcia
Speed: Both guys have speedy fists, but Khan is the sharper puncher of the two. He uses awkward angles at times and his punches are from areas that are unconventional sometimes. Still, his hands land onto their targets at a more rapid pace and come in with more zip. This is also another closer category because Garcia is a fast puncher, but Khan’s speed is more noticeable. Advantage: Khan
Size: Khan is an inch taller and has a two inch reach advantage, but Garcia has competed at welterweight a few times in his career. With that said, this is the category that usually has little to no bearing on the fight. When reviewing their respective sizes, this matchup is almost identical. Advantage: Push
Age factor: Like the size category, these two men are still young; Khan is 25 and Garcia is 24. Neither has been in an exorbitant amount of wars and while Khan has been knocked out, he’s never really taken any sort of genuine beating. In all actuality, both of these junior welters are as fresh as spring chicks. Advantage: Push
Chin: Garcia hasn’t truly been hurt yet as a pro and hasn’t been knocked off his feet. He appears to be able to deal with pressure and clean punches and his chin has proven to be rather sturdy thus far in his career. Khan, on the other hand, was flattened by Breidis Prescott in under a minute and was seriously hurt against Marcos Maidana. Though he’s shown great resilience against Maidana and Peterson never really hurt him badly, Khan’s chin is the one surrounded by floating question marks. For all we know, Garcia could have a glass chin but one would think that would’ve been exposed by now. There’s only one way to go with this, especially since Garcia could probably take Khan’s best punch better, not the other way around. Advantage: Garcia