Danny Garcia's team doesn't feel as though Amir Khan is deserving of a rematch. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Perhaps he just said it because he kind of has to say something like this, but after last night's Danny Garcia stoppage of Amir Khan in Vegas, Khan trainer Freddie Roach said at the post-fight press conference that he hoped his fighter would receive a rematch on British soil.
Angel Garcia, the father and trainer of the still-unbeaten Danny Garcia, gave that request no respect:
"If this was a decision win where maybe some people don't agree with it then okay we can do a rematch but this was a knockout. There is no need for a rematch. Danny can move on to bigger and better things. Why give him a rematch? For what? He disrespected Danny as an opponent. He treated him like a pushover. We're not giving him a rematch."
I like Khan, and I'd be happy to see a rematch between the two, and I cannot blame Angel Garcia even a little bit for this. No, right now, Amir Khan doesn't deserve a rematch.
Garcia (24-0, 15 KO) beat him clearly, beat him clean, and now he should be free to make his own choice on what he's got next. 140 has a lot of good potential challengers, including Golden Boy fighters Lucas Matthysse and Marcos Maidana. Zab Judah's out there, too, being Zab Judah.
Khan (26-3, 18 KO) just has to move on from this. There's no excuse whatsoever this time. Prescott caught him cold and knocked him out, but it was fluky. Peterson beat him, but it was controversial even before the failed drug test from Lamont.
Nothing here to debate, though. Garcia floored him and Khan never recovered. He got a plenty long leash from Kenny Bayless. I doubt either of these guys is going to have trouble finding a next fight, anyway. Khan might go up to 147, as he keeps saying he plans to do, and there are plenty of fights available there. Maybe he looks for a tune-up next time out, or maybe he lays it all on the line and targets any number of quality opponents at 140 or 147.
Khan's got a lot to think about. But he and his team can probably forget about the Garcia rematch. The only way I could see that happening is if Golden Boy offered Garcia huge money, and since Garcia is also a GBP fighter and now a star who seems to have a brighter future than Khan, they probably can't be counted on to "back" Khan here and go after Garcia aggressively the way they did the Peterson rematch.