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"Amir Khan has the perfect style to [defeat Canelo]," according to Danny Garcia

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Amir Khan received a mild endorsement of sorts from an unlikely fighter.

Khan foe Danny Garcia, who upset the Brit in 2012 and is currently an undefeated welterweight champion, recently told FightHype.com in a video interview:

"I think Amir Khan has the perfect style to beat Canelo..."

"Khan definitely has more talent than Canelo...can he withstand Canelo's attack and power...can he survive in the later rounds..."

"...If [Amir Khan] he can finish strong, I think he has a chance to win the fight." 

Having already fought and stopped Amir, Garcia has been rumored as a possible next fight opponent for Khan following the former's May 7 bout with Canelo, and few are as qualified to offer an assessment of Canelo vs Khan.

Khan vs Garcia 2012

What many fans forget is how dominant Khan was prior to the knockout.

For the first 2 1/2 rounds, Amir Khan dazzled onlookers with a masterful display of speed, accuracy and technical brilliance.

A bit more aggressive than usual, Amir Khan wasted no time engaging Garcia and repeatedly dropped hard right-hands behind a blinding jab and unleashed fast, crisp combinations on a foe who appeared clearly outgunned at the onset. The ring general early on, Khan used his two inch reach advantage and superior hand-speed and technical skills to effectively dictate the tempo and win nearly all the exchanges on the inside and outside.

... But when Khan planted his feet to engage in Round 3, Garcia countered with a perfect left left hook. The shot, thrown with the weight of Danny's body fully behind it, caught Amir Khan flush on the side of neck just below the ear, flooring him for only the second time in his career.

A wobbly Khan barely arose and attempted to fight back valiantly but his efforts would prove futile and the fight was halted in Round 4.

Nearly four years later, no other fighter has exploited Danny the way Khan did in those first two rounds. Those stanzas are arguably still the worst in his career.

"Don't count Khan out completely, because he is a good boxer," Freddie Roach, Amir Khan's former trainer told BoxingScene last month.

"But he's going to have to box a perfect fight for twelve rounds...that means he's going to have to really pay attention and stay away from this guy's power, and that's going to be really difficult for him to do."

"He likes to stay in the pocket a little too long sometimes. He wont be able to tie a big strong guy up like he's done in the past with smaller guys. Canelo is very dangerous.

Perhaps exercising discipline, instead of Canelo's size and strength, will be Khan's biggest challenge?

If Khan is pilling-up points round after round, will he take the chance and exchange with Canelo, thus putting himself at greater risk?

Regardless, Canelo has great timing, offensively and defensively, and is also a very explosive puncher who combines speed with power. ... Even if Amir Khan fights safe and refuses to trade, it may not be enough.


Canelo vs Khan
Titles: WBC, RING Magazine
Division: Middleweight
Catchweight: 155 lbs

Date: May 7
Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Location: Las Vegas


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