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6/5 a big price for a Danny Garcia win over Amir Khan in Khan v Garcia II

| 29.04.2013

After a weekend in which both men fought to tight decision victories, a second meeting between Amir “King” Khan and Danny “Swift” Garcia could be on the agenda with Khan quick to tell assembled journalists “I know I made a mistake in the Garcia fight and I won’t make it again. That’s the fight I want, The Garcia fight, I have a lot of unfinished business” after his win over Julio Diaz. However the Bolton-born pugilist is a distinctly uneasy 8/11 favourite in Coral’s market on a potential rematch with Garcia who looks the better bet at 6/5.

Khan was a long odds-on favourite to dispatch Julio Diaz in Sheffield, but did not look much like an odds-on shot in doing so, taking the decision win by one, two and three points on the judges’ respective scorecards. All the good and bad sides of his craft that fans have come to know and be frustrated by were in evidence, with an ability to dictate, superior technique and powers of recuperation showcased alongside his damaging inability to resist the lure of a toe-to-toe punch-up for an entire bout.

Meanwhile, Danny Garcia out-pointed Zab Judah to go 26-0, retaining his WBA and WBC Light Welterweight titles in a blood and thunder encounter in front of the latter’s crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s centre. This could be seen as cause for Khan confidence ahead of a potential rematch, with the Briton having KO’d Judah in four rounds in 2011.

However the unfinished business with Garcia that Khan mentioned in the aftermath of his win over Diaz refers to the fourth round stoppage the American inflicted upon him two fights back and Garcia  has done little to suggest his abilities have waned since their encounter, clinically finishing Erik Morales in four rounds in his sole outing between the bouts with Khan and Judah. Likewise Khan’s most recent bout against Julio Diaz has done little to suggest that he’s transcended the limitations in patience and concentration which have dogged his recent career.

Garcia must first overcome the winner of Lucas Mathysse and Lamont Peterson to make a December clash with Khan happen, but if he does so then the 6/5 about his securing victory over the boy from Bolton looks good value.