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article imageAmir Khan to face unbeaten Danny Garcia on May 19 at Mandalay Bay

By Leo Reyes     May 25, 2012 in Sports
British boxing star Amir Khan is set to face undefeated and current WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia on July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Khan, who lost his WBA and IBF titles to Lamont Peterson via a controversial split decision last December in Washington, D.C. is being trained by famous trainer Freddie Roach.
Although Peterson was knocked down by Khan in the first round, the former WBO light welterweight titleholder managed to survive the relentless assault by the British star.
The decision drew criticism from Khan's camp as the referee deducted two points from Khan for pushing. The fight could have been decided by the judges in favor of Khan if it were not for the point deductions.
Peterson was one of the four shortlisted challengers of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, who is now facing Timothy Bradley on June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
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Khan and Peterson have agreed to a rematch which was originally scheduled for May 19 at the Mandalay Bay but two weeks before the scheduled fight, Peterson was reported to have failed a drug test.
It was reported on ESPN Peterson was tested positive for a banned substance known as synthetic testosterone following a random test in March.
Because of the failed drug test by Peterson, Khan through his promoter Golden Boy Promotions, has requested that the titles he lost to Peterson be returned to him and have the fight declared as "No Contest".
Khan has won eight consecutive fights since losing to Breidis Prescott in 2008. His last fight prior to Peterson was against Zab Judah which he won via knock out.
Garcia, who was born in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican parents, is fresh from his victory over former world champion Erik Morales last March 24 at the Reliant Arena in Houston, TX. He is the current WBC light welterweight champion.
Garcia is unbeaten in 23 professional fights, winning 14 of those fights via KO.
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