x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Amir Khan set for title clash with Danny Garcia

WBC clash will give Khan opportunity to put Lamont Peterson row behind him.

BRITISH boxing star Amir Khan will look to put the row surrounding his loss to Lamont Peterson behind him after revealing he is to face undefeated light-welterweight Danny Garcia in July for the WBC title.

The Briton's rematch against Peterson, scheduled for May 19, was called off after Peterson, who beat Khan in controversial circumstances last December to win the WBA super-lightweight and IBF light-welterweight titles, failed a drugs test.

Instead, Khan will have a shot at taking the 24-year-old Philadelphia fighter's WBC belt - won from Erik Morales in March - with the bout to be staged in either Los Angeles or Las Vegas.

"It's a good fight for me, Danny Garcia is unbeaten in 23 fights and has 14 knockouts so it will be a tough test for me," the 25-year-old Khan told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

Peterson has appealed against his failed drugs test and Khan is still waiting to find out whether or not he will be given back the belts he lost in the defeat - meaning his bout with Garcia could yet become a unification fight.

"We don't know what's going to happen to the other two titles at the moment because the hearing will be in the next couple of weeks and then the governing bodies will make their decision."

Khan admitted he was still frustrated at being deprived a chance to avenge his December defeat by Peterson, who was awarded a split-decision after Khan was docked two points.

"I'm still angry because I trained so hard for that fight in the Philippines and LA then in the last week it was called off and all my training went down the drain,"

Khan, who has lost just twice in 28 fights, said. "I'm still upset because I wanted to win my titles back and settle the score."