MANILA, Philippines – Former world champion Amir “King” Khan hopes he can get the chance to avenge his knockout loss against unbeaten American fighter Danny Garcia in a rematch.
Garcia knocked out Khan in the fourth round of their light-welterweight clash in July 2012. It was the Briton’s second loss in a row after dropping a decision to Lamont Peterson in December 2011.
Khan got back on the winning track with a 10th round stoppage of erstwhile unbeaten Carlos Molina last Saturday in Los Angeles.
After the fight, Khan told Boxing Scene that he wants another crack against Garcia.
“I’d love the rematch against Garcia, because I know deep down I’m a better fighter than him. I made a mistake in that fight, and I paid for that mistake,” he said. “But I know I can beat him.”
“I know I’m a better fighter, especially with the help of my new trainer Virgil Hunter and being based in San Francisco,” he added.
After two successive losses, Khan cut ties with his old trainer, Freddie Roach, and started working with Hunter, the trainer of 2011 Fighter of the Year Andre Ward.
“Virgil Hunter, my new coach, is a great trainer and I’m getting better at boxing, being a complete fighter. He’s teaching me things, like speed, patience, picking the right shots and when to throw them,” Khan said.
Khan stressed that he is willing to fight Garcia “any time, anywhere,” but thinks the American will not be so willing to fight him a second time.
“I’m a better fighter,” he said, “And I’ll knock Danny Garcia out.”