MANILA, Philippines – Unbeaten boxer Danny Garcia guarantees that British star Amir Khan is in for a surprise when they meet on July 14 in a light-welterweight clash at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Garcia will make the first defense of the World Boxing Council light-welterweight belt, which he won against Mexican legend Erik Morales last March.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, the unbeaten Garcia claimed that Khan has "never fought anyone like me."
"All of his other fights were set-up fights to make him look good. This fight right here, he's going to have his hands full," Garcia said.
"I know that I'm going to hurt him in this fight," he added.
Garcia was not Khan’s original opponent. The British boxer was supposed to face American Lamont Peterson last May in a rematch, but the fight was scrapped when Peterson tested positive for an illegal substance.
Garcia is unconcerned with being a late replacement, saying "everything happens for a reason."
"I think it's the perfect time for this fight," Garcia said. "I'm the champion, and he calls himself the best. If he calls himself the best then he has to beat the champion."
Garcia said he plans to take advantage of Khan's mistakes inside the ring and guarantees that he can adjust to whatever the British star brings to the table.
"Everybody says he's fast and all that, but he reaches a lot with his punches and I think that's where he goes wrong," Garcia said. "I'm a great counter-puncher, so if he comes in and he wants to reach, then he has to pay."
"If he wants to fight then we can fight. If he wants to box, then we could box. Whatever he wants to do, I'm going to adapt in there and make an exciting fight and win," he added.