Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KO’s) is scheduled to fight tonight on Premier Boxing Champions against Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KO’s), for the vacant WBC Welterweight title.  Should Garcia defeat Guerrero tonight, he will have a mandatory contender in the form of Amir Khan.  If Guerrero wins, Khan would be his mandatory, because Khan is the #1 WBC challenger.  Danny Garcia has already defeated Amir Khan, when the two first met in July of 2012.  Garcia defeated Khan via 4th round knockout in that fight, and has expressed that he has no interest in a rematch.  Garcia has done this before.  He is never interested in giving a fighter a second chance after defeating them.  He usually just does his business and moves on.

In this case you would have to agree with Mr Garcia, because it was a clearcut win by knockout.  A rematch is only viable, if the decision was controversial in some manner.  For example, many thought that when Garcia fought Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico, that the decision to award the victory to Garcia was highly questionable.  In that case a rematch would be a viable option.  Khan was knocked out.  He doesn’t deserve a rematch.  If Garcia wins tonight, it would not surprise me at all, if he vacated the belt not to fight Khan again, and move on to other things.

The way I see it is Garcia would have two options here.  Option one would be to vacate the WBC welterweight title, in order to not fight Amir Khan.  Then Garcia can pick and choose his next opponent.  Option two would be that he keeps the belt, but takes voluntary title defenses against lesser opponents.  Option two would make Khan wait a while, and even then it would not be a guarantee that he gets the fight.  This is because Garcia could vacate the title before that time came anyway.  I would be extremely surprised to see a rematch of Garcia and Khan, if it was the next fight or if it was somewhere down the road.

The real interesting scenario would be if Robert Guerrero defeats Danny Garcia tonight.  Which if you’ve watched Garcia lately, that is not totally out of the question.  If Guerrero wins the title, I strongly believe he would take on Amir Khan (maybe after 1 voluntary defense), because he is nearing the end of his career, and a showdown with Khan could potentially be his last big payday.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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