Updated: 16/07/2012 07:01 | By pa.press.net

Khan facing tough choices over future



Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach is hopeful 'Danny Garcia will come to England and maybe fight us over there'

Amir Khan's trainer Freddie Roach is hopeful 'Danny Garcia will come to England and maybe fight us over there'

Amir Khan must think long and hard about his next move after a shocking and brutal defeat by Danny Garcia even left him facing suggestions he should retire.

Talk of a rematch seemed fanciful after watching the Bolton fighter get destroyed by American Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Khan was admittedly the better man in the WBA/WBC light-welterweight unification bout before being sent crashing to the canvas in round three before referee Kenny Bayless stopped it in the fourth.

"Amir said he will be back and hopefully Danny Garcia will come to England and maybe fight us over there," said trainer Freddie Roach on Khan's behalf after the fighter was taken straight to hospital for precautionary scans. "We were fighting a good fight and all of a sudden, one punch changed it and in boxing you never know."

He added: "I guess I have to also congratulate Mr (Angel) Garcia also."

Khan suffered his second successive defeat following last December's loss against Lamont Peterson and lost his WBA belt in the process.

Question marks over Khan's punch resistance will return and it is doubtful whether it would be a good idea to fight Garcia again after the younger man took him apart so chillingly. Yet Khan's team claim to want another chance, although Garcia's firebrand father and trainer Angel rubbished such talk.

The new unified champion seemed open to the idea.

He said: "It's up to my team, but he gave me the opportunity (so) I'll give him the opportunity."

However, his outspoken father - who acted the clown at this week's press conference and directed racial slurs at Khan - cut his son off, saying: "Why give him a rematch? For what? He disrespected Danny when he took him as an opponent. He thought he was a pushover. We're not giving him a rematch."

All of Khan's three defeats have come against rank underdogs. As a red-hot prospect in 2008 he was blitzed by unfancied Breidis Prescott and, after rebuilding brilliantly, he was beaten by Peterson last year in a poor performance, regardless of the American's win being tarnished by illegal testosterone use.

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15/07/2012 23:47
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im surprised he doesnt use the race card to get a rematch. he could say his feelings were hurt. . let garth represent him and rio and anton can be in his corner.
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