It appears that Amir Khan has finally found his replacement opponent for Lamont Peterson. According to The Ring Magazine, Khan will be challenging Danny Garcia for his WBC 140 title on July 14 at either the Mandalay Bay or Honda Center.
Everybody seems to be fairly excited about this fight as it's perceived to be the best fight for Khan at 140 on short notice. While this fight sounds good and will undoubtedly appease the fans of Khan, this fight shouldn't really be happening.
I'm a little confused how this fight could happen though.
Allow me to explain the current situation. Before this fight was even thought about being made, Danny Garcia was obligated to face mandatory challenger Ajose Olusegun. Ajose was actually supposed to fight Garcia in the past for a shot to face Morales for his then-title, but they scrapped that and had Garcia face Morales without fight Ajose.
The WBC constantly promised Ajose that he'd be next to fight for the WBC title time and time again. The WBC even set up a purse bid after a 30 day negotiations-free period between the two couldn't yield a deal.
He was obligated to face Ajose or face being striped of his title. The only way around it is if Ajose backed down for Garcia to fight Khan and face the winner of that fight.
Ajose made it clear, though, that he wasn't stepping down for Garcia.
There was a way around this, as a unification bout takes place over a mandatory challenger. Khan hasn't officially been given his WBA or IBF belts back. Team Khan is still in the process of requesting the governing bodies of stripping Peterson of his titles and returning them to Khan.
Since Khan doesn't have his belts back yet, it doesn't really seem fair to make this matchup with the possibility of the fight not being a unification.
The final way around the mandatory challenger is if Garcia vacated his belt in favor of facing Khan like Berto did in favor of a Ortiz rematch. It doesn't appear that Garcia will be vacating any time soon.
Given these reasons, I'm a little confused how this fight was made. Sure, you can use the excuse of Pacquiao and Mayweather who don't fight their mandatory challengers, but these guys are pay-per-view fighters who base their choices on who can yield the best numbers for them.
Khan isn't on that level yet.
Khan may or may not get his belts back in the future, but there's still about a month and a half before the fight. Until that happens though, this just looks like the WBC doing what they want to get their hands on some money from a big fight.
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