Amir Khan is targeting April for his return to the ring and hopes a rematch with Danny García can be made for later in 2013. After back-to-back losses against Lamont Peterson in December 2011 and then García in July, Khan concluded 2012 on a more positive note last weekend with a 10th-round stoppage win over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles.
“The next fight is going to be around April time,” Khan said. “That will give me a nice little break. Then I want to be back in the ring again and then trying for the rematch with Danny García. Next year should be a very good year for me. In April I’m looking at it being a fight in the 140lbs division for a world title and then at unifying it with the García fight – if he gets through his fight with Zab Judah [in February].
“Boxing is a sport where one punch can change a fight, but hopefully he wins that fight, I get through mine in April and then maybe at the end of the year it will be a good fight with him.”
In what was the third defeat of his professional career, Khan was knocked to the floor three times by García en route to a fourth-round stoppage in Las Vegas. García added Khan’s WBA light-welterweight title to his WBC belt by winning.
Khan has since switched trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter and he feels confident mistakes he made against García – who has indicated his willingness to fight Khan again but a reluctance for it to happen in England – would not be repeated in a rematch.
I got caught by a shot I shouldn’t have been caught by,” Khan said. “Maybe I was too confident, thinking I was untouchable and that no one could hurt me. But it is all about regrouping myself and I will be back stronger now.”
In terms of his next opponent Khan said there has been “talk” about taking on California’s Josésito López but hastened to add that “nothing has been finalised.”