MANILA, Philippines – British boxer Amir “King” Khan refused to be drawn into a verbal battle with Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of his July 14 opponent, unbeaten boxer Danny Garcia.
The elder Garcia has consistently insulted Khan, most recently saying that the former light-welterweight champion was a “nobody.”
But Khan refused to retaliate, telling Boxing Scene that he is “not one of those guys who like to get into arguments.”
“I’m not going to retaliate to Danny’s father or to Danny himself. I’ve been in this situation so many times. I’m a professional fighter, and I’m going to let my fists do the talking,” he said.
Garcia will make the first defense of the World Boxing Council light welterweight belt, which he won against Mexican legend Erik Morales. The vacant World Boxing Association belt will also be on the line.
Khan, who is coming off a loss to American Lamont Peterson last December, said he will continue to shrug off Angel Garcia’s trash talking.
“If it helps (to trash talk) outside the ring, then so be it. At the end of the day, Danny’s father can’t fight for him in the ring,” Khan said.
“In the end, it’s only going to be me and him in the ring. I know exactly what I need to do in there,” he added.