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Amir Khan looking for a July opponent in Anaheim

Negotiations with unbeaten Danny Garcia fail to net a deal.

May 17, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Former world boxing champion Amir Khan takes in Game 5 of the Lakers-Nuggets playoff series earlier this month at Staples Center.
Former world boxing champion Amir Khan takes in Game 5 of the Lakers-Nuggets… (Jeff Gross / Getty Images )

Golden Boy Promotions tentatively plans to stage former junior-welterweight champion Amir Khan's next fight July 7 at the Honda Center, company Chief Executive Richard Schaefer said Thursday.

England's Khan (26-2, 18 knockouts) was supposed to fight Lamont Peterson on Saturday in a rematch of their controversial decision won by Peterson in December. Peterson, however, tested positive for synthetic testosterone, and Golden Boy scrapped the fight.

In Anaheim, Khan initially targeted new World Boxing Council junior-welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) as his opponent, but Schaefer said negotiations with Garcia's representative Wednesday failed to net a deal.

Schaefer said Khan, who trains at Hollywood's Wild Card Boxing Club, wanted to fight in Southern California. Khan could fight Devon Alexander or Erik Morales if ongoing talks with Garcia's reps prove unsuccessful.

Garcia, coming off a victory over Morales, would clearly net a richer pay day against Khan than versus Ajose Olusegun , whom the WBC declared a mandatory title challenger, with a purse bid scheduled for Friday.

Schaefer said he's working to get sanctioning bodies to strip Peterson of his World Boxing Assn. and International Boxing Federation belts, and noted a title-unification match takes precedence over a mandatory single-sanctioning-body order.

Schaefer also said he has reopened dialogue with Todd duBoef, president of rival promotional company Top Rank in an effort to stage a July 14 fight at Cowboys Stadium near Dallas between Mexican legends Morales (promoted by Golden Boy) and Top Rank's Juan Manuel Marquez.

"That's a good fight, but what's significant is that Todd and I are having a conversation," Schaefer said.

That's an obvious reference to Golden Boy's promotional tie to Floyd Mayweather Jr.and Top Rank's star, Manny Pacquiao, who fights Timothy Bradley on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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