Khan says Garcia not an elite fighter


Posted at Jul 10 2012 07:13 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2012 03:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Former world light-welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan of Britain claims World Boxing Council (WBC) light-welterweight title-holder Danny Garcia is not on the same level as he is in terms of boxing.

“There are different levels in boxing,” Khan told Boxing Scene. “Danny Garcia has won a world title, but I don’t think he’s in the same mix as myself and the elite fighters.”

Garcia won his WBC title by defeating Mexican legend Erik Morales last March, but Khan guaranteed that Garcia will not be able to pull off a similar upset against him.

“We’re going to go in there, and we’re going to box him and we’re going to make him look silly,” Khan said. “We’re going to show him who the better fighter is.”

Khan was originally supposed to face Lamont Peterson in a rematch, after the American beat him last December to take the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.

But Peterson tested positive for a banned substance, scrapping their second fight.

Khan feels, however, that the extra weeks of training he did in preparation for Peterson will come in handy this July 14 against Garcia.

“I’ve took all that training into this fight, so I’m more than ready,” he said. “And I know when I don’t cheat myself and I train hard, nothing can go wrong.”

“I know I have more skills, more power, more speed than Danny Garcia. That’s what is going to win me this fight,” Khan said.