Amir Khan has had his WBA light-welterweight belt reinstated by the governing body and will put it on the line when he fights WBC champion Danny Garcia (4/1 to win the bout) in Las Vegas this Saturday. The Briton lost his WBA and IBF belts to Lamont Peterson in December in controversial circumstances. A scheduled rematch was cancelled when Peterson failed a drugs test.
Khan, who goes into the fight as strong favourite said “Justice has been done. It means this fight (against Garcia) will show who is the best in the division. I’m glad the WBA are reinstating me as champion; it means I walk into this fight as world champion. There is a chance to win the WBC belt as well but not only that, the Ring magazine title will be on the line. There are five main belts in this division and if I win this fight, I will have won four of them.”
It adds an extra level importance to the light-welterweight title fight against Garcia, which Khan (8/11 to win by KO, TKO, TD, or DQ) claims easily eclipses David Haye’s heavyweight clash with Dereck Chisora in London on the same night.
The former Olympic Silver medallist added “Boxing fans know my fight is bigger. There’s a world title on the line. David is a friend of mine but the fight is not a big fight. There are no titles on the line and I don’t think Chisora is in the top 10 in the world. I’m in the capital of boxing in Las Vegas. It makes my fight a lot bigger. And the guy I’m fighting Danny Garcia (10/1 to win on points) is in the top 10 in the world.”