WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that the new WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) must fight number one contender Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) as his mandatory challenger by June this year.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Sulaiman said “Amir Khan is the mandatory contender. He is next for Danny Garcia and they must fight by June”.
This is great news for Khan who is eager to avenge his 2012 loss to Garcia and has unsuccessfully tried a number of times to secure a rematch.
Similarly, Garcia, if truly confident in his abilities he should be pleased by the prospect of facing Khan. However, both Danny and his father Angel Garcia have seemed pretty uninterested by such a fight in recent interviews. Angel is continually stating they are “moving forward,” and want “bigger fights,” but realistically there isn’t a bigger fight for Garcia right now.
In terms of opponent only two alternatives spring to mind for Garcia. One would be if Floyd Mayweather Jr. was to return to the ring. As WBC 147lb emeritus champion Floyd can demand a shot at the title should he so wish. Secondly, Garcia could appeal to the WBC to sanction a unification bout with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, which would of course delay the mandatory bout with Khan.
At this stage it’s also worth noting that Garcia will have absolutely no luck trying to pay Khan off with step-aside money. Khan wants to make this fight happen.
Garcia on the other hand, is probably hoping he can dodge Khan, get the Brook fight, unify and then look to square off against the winner of Thurman vs. Porter in another unification bout.
However, unless Al Haymon can work some magic for Garcia he will need to get prepared because Amir Khan wants his belt and he wants revenge.