Amir Khan is firmly of the opinion that his upcoming world light-welterweight title fight against Danny Garcia is bigger and more significant than the grudge match between warring heavyweights David Haye and Derek Chisora.
Both fights take place on Saturday, with Khan (1/6 To Beat Danny Garcia) fighting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas and the two British heavyweights taking to London’s Upton Park for their unsanctioned grudge match. Haye (1/4 To Beat Chisora) and Chisora have had the lion’s share of the headlines in recent weeks following their brawl during Chisora’s post-fight press conference after facing Vitali Klitschko in February.
Following the shameful scenes, Chisora (7/1 To Win By KO or Decision) had his license revoked by the British Boxing Board of Control, meaning that when promoter Frank Warren announced this fight, it was to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg boxing federation, outside of the powers of the BBBoC. Commenting on the bout, Amir Khan (8/11 To Win By Knockout Or Decision) said: At the end of the day, the Chisora fight against David, I think it’s better for them to settle the score in the boxing ring than outside the boxing ring.”
Going on to talk about the d Khan said: “David is a good friend of mine but the fight is not as big a fight. There are no world titles on the line and I don’t think Chisora is a top-10 (fighter) in the world. The guy I’m fighting, Danny Garcia, is a top-10 in the world so it makes it more fun to watch for the fans.” Khan is also looking forward to the chance to get his hands on the WBC world title belt should heat Garcia (4/1 To Beat Amir Khan), talking of some of the boxing legends to have held it in the past.
If you look over history, all the top, top fighters have held the WBC title. The likes of Erik Morales in his peak, Marco Antonio Barrera, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and English guys like Naseem Hamed and Lennox Lewis have all held it. It’s one of those titles you want. The colour and the look of it is prestigious and recognisable too.”