Garcia to fight Guerrero for vacant welterweight title
Former world champion boxer Amir Khan is still searching for his next opponent after the World Boxing Commission (WBC) confirmed Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero will go head-to-head for the vacant welterweight belt.
The announcement was made earlier this week via a prepared statement from the WBC adding: “Amir Khan has been ratified as mandatory contender.”
Taz Khan, of Khan Promotions, said the whole camp were disappointed that the Bolton boxer had been overlooked despite being the number one welterweight in the WBC rankings.
“We think it’s ridiculous. Amir has been number one for a year now so he should be fighting for the belt,” he said.
“Instead, the WBC has bypassed Amir and given Guerrero the match against Garcia.
“If anything, they should be facing each other in a play-off to see who gets to face Khan for the title.”
Khan is already the WBC Silver Welterweight title holder and has held the belt since May 2014, following his dominant unanimous point’s victory over Luis Collazo in Las Vegas.
He has defended the title twice since then, against Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.
The selection from the WBC to make Guerrero the number one contender is seen by many as a controversial one due to his lower ranking of sixth spot in their welterweight division, whilst Garcia is second.
Californian-born Guerrero has challenged previously for the WBC world welterweight title but, like many before him, came undone when he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather.
Taz Khan added: “We all feel the wrong decision has been made and that Garcia should in fact be fighting Khan for the belt.”
Meanwhile, the WBC’s omittance of Khan leaves the 29-year-old without an opponent for 2016.
Speaking of the possibility of a hotly-tipped bout with Kell Brook in the future, Taz added: “That is a domestic bout and completely different to the WBC.
“The fight will happen one day but we are not being rushed into anything.”