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Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia Fight Preview and Prediction

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 03:  Amir Khan (R) trains with his trainer Freddie Roach during the Amir Khan Media Workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club on July 3, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJuly 10, 2012

This Saturday in Las Vegas, Amir "King" Khan will take on "Swift" Danny Garcia for the WBA and WBC light welterweight titles.

It's a great matchup featuring two young fighters who throw a lot of punches and are both in their prime. It should be an awesome fight and will definitely be entertaining.

There's been a lot of trash talk—mainly from the Garcia side. Khan will look to make them eat their words, while Garcia will try to back it up in the ring.

Amir Khan is one of the best young talents in the world right now. He's got good power and blindingly fast hand speed. Khan's feet are as fast as his hands, as he's a masterfully conditioned all-around athlete who has the athletic edge over almost everyone that he'll step into the ring against.

Khan knows that he has the talent to be a pound-for-pound type of fighter. It's just a matter of him putting it all together.

And with a potential mega-money clash with Floyd Mayweather looming in the near future, he's fully aware that he has to look good in this fight in order for the public to view him as a viable challenge to "Money May."

In Danny Garcia, you have a young fighter with good skills and pretty decent power to go along with it. He sported nice wins in his last two fights over the power-punching Kendall Holt and the legendary, albeit older, Erik Morales.

Garcia is definitely a quality fighter, and at 24 years old he's just coming into his prime. Garcia fights in a very conventional style. His lateral movement isn't great, but he's an all-around solid boxer.

What could ultimately be Garcia's downfall is the pressure is on his shoulders after his father viciously bashed Khan in the pre-fight press conferences. Garcia's dad mocked Khan's ethnicity and religion, which certainly wasn't cool.

Now Khan's got extra motivation to win (via Daily Star), not that he needed it, and Garcia will feel like he has to defeat Khan due to everything his dad's said.

When you try to force things in boxing you can get hurt, and there's a good chance that'll happen to Garcia on Saturday. 

So, what's going to happen when they meet under the lights in Vegas? I think that Khan's going to outclass Garcia and make his father eat his words. Ultimately, Khan's going to stop him in impressive fashion somewhere around Round 9.

I think we're going to see a more vicious Khan in this fight because he knows now after the Peterson debacle that you can't depend on the judges or officials to give you a fair shake, especially in Las Vegas. Overall though, it should be a fun fight and it'll be a good watch for boxing fans. 

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