Amir Khan returns against Danny Garcia on Saturday

By By Francis Walker BASN Boxing writer
Updated: July 12, 2012

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NEW YORK, NY (BASN)—Former unified WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) steps into the ring for the first time since his 12-round debacle against Lamont Peterson last December. Khan hopes to establish a new win-streak with hopes of securing a big fight in the near future. But first, Khan, who was recently reinstated as WBA 140-pound title, must unseat undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs).

Khan’s fight with Peterson was just as exciting as it was controversial. Fighting in Peterson’s hometown of Washington, D.C., Khan was docked one point in the final round which ultimately cost him a split-decision and his unified world titles. There was missed knockdown against Peterson early in the fight that would have given Khan a huge edge on the scorecards. In addition, there was a ‘phantom scorecard’ and Peterson failed a drug test for performance enhancing drugs.

Moving ahead, unable to lure Peterson in a rematch, Khan will do the next best thing in fighting an undefeated world champion in Garcia.

The 24 year-old from Philadelphia, PA is of Puerto Rican descent. In his last three fights, Garcia outpointed world champions Kendall Holt, Nate Campbell, and future Hall of Fame fighter Erik Morales.

Khan vs. Garcia will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 11 PM/ET in the U.S. and at 2 AM in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports 1 HD on July 15th.

Khan vs. Garcia undercard

Five undefeated rising prospects along with Fernando Guerrero will round-out the Khan vs. Garcia boxing show.

Guerrero (23-1, 15 KOs) will battle Jose Medina (17-10-1, 7 KOs) of New Hampshire in a 10-round super middleweight bout. Medina has won 5 of his last 7 fights (5-1-1).

Heading up this talented undercard lineup will be Maryland action hero Fernando Guerrero, who meets New Hampshire’s Jose Medina in a 10 round super middleweight fight. Also hitting the ring this weekend will be unbeatens Phil Lo Greco, Daquan Arnett, Jamie Kavanagh, Abner Cotto and J’Leon Love.

An intriguing 8-round junior welterweight showdown between Canada’s 28-year-old Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (23-0, 12 KOs) and Brandon Hoskins (16-1-1, 8 KOs) of Hannibal, MO should be entertaining.

Ireland’s Jamie Kavanagh (10-0-1, 5 KOs) looks to knockout California’s Paul Velarde (3-1-3) in their 8-round lightweight contest.

Middleweights J’Leon Love (11-0, 7 KOs) and Joesph De Los Santos (10-9-3, 4 KOs) could be more competitive as it appears on paper. All 7 of Love’s knockouts occurred within three rounds. However, De Los Santos has won 7 of his final 8 fights and is not afraid to risk everything against Love.

19-year-old Junior middleweight Daquan Arnett (4-0, 2 KOs) challenges Eddie Cordova (3-2-1, 1 KO).

Also, the cousin of three-division world champion Miguel Cotto, lightweight prospect Abner Cotto (13-0, 5 KOs) faces lightweight Juan Manuel Montiel (7-5-3, 2 KOs) of Mexico City in an 8-round fight.