Tough choices for battered Khan

Amir Khan must think long and hard about his next move after a shocking and brutal defeat by Danny Garcia even left him facing suggestions he should retire.

Talk of a rematch seemed fanciful after watching the Bolton fighter get destroyed by American Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Khan was admittedly the better man in the WBA/WBC light-welterweight unification bout before being sent crashing to the canvas in round three. It all unravelled for him from there as Garcia capitalised by flooring him twice more before referee Kenny Bayless stopped it in the fourth.

Khan therefore suffered his second successive defeat following last December’s loss against Lamont Peterson and lost his WBA belt in the process.

Question marks over Khan’s punch resistance will return and it is doubtful whether it would be a good idea to fight Garcia again after the younger man took him apart so chillingly. Yet Khan’s team claim to want another chance, although Garcia’s firebrand father and trainer Angel rubbished such talk.

“Amir said he will be back and hopefully Danny Garcia will come to England and maybe fight us over there,” said trainer Freddie Roach on Khan’s behalf after the fighter was taken straight to hospital for precautionary scans.

“We were fighting a good fight and all of a sudden, one punch changed it and in boxing you never know. I guess I have to also congratulate Mr (Angel) Garcia also.”

The new unified champion seemed open to the idea. He said: “It’s up to my team, but he gave me the opportunity (so) I’ll give him the opportunity.”

However, his outspoken father – who acted the clown at this week’s press conference and directed racial slurs at Khan – cut his son off, saying: “Why give him a rematch? For what? He disrespected Danny when he took him as an opponent. He thought he was a pushover. We’re not giving him a rematch.”

Meanwhile, Vitali Klitschko is unlikely to face David Haye due to his political commitments, according to the Ukrainian’s manager Bernd Boente.

Haye flattened Dereck Chisora inside five rounds at Upton Park on Saturday night and later declared his explosive performance has ensured Klitschko will avoid him.

Boente mocked the suggestion the WBC world heavyweight champion, who faces Manuel Charr in Moscow on September 8, is running scared.

And while he insisted Klitschko’s priorities lie elsewhere, he refused to close the door on a showdown with Haye completely.

“We offered Haye the fight September but he chose to fight Chisora instead because that was easier for him,” Boente said.

“David probably turned Vitali down because he got more money against Chisora, who is by far the easier opponent. We had a contract ready for Haye, had booked an arena, but he turned us down for a second time – the first time he chose to face Nikolay Valuev instead.

“After fighting Manuel Charr, Vitali goes on the campaign trail for parliamentary election in the Ukraine. He’s the leader for the opposition, UDAR.

“Should he be elected on October 28 then he will probably stop boxing. For him politics is the future – he wants to fight for democracy.

“But even if he’s elected, maybe he’ll want to have a farewell fight.

“At the moment David Haye means nothing to us and Vitali is definitely not afraid of fighting him.”

Neither Vitali nor Wladimir Klitschko watched Haye’s victory over Chisora as they were in their home town of Kiev where the fight was not broadcast.

Boente was unimpressed, however, and claimed Chisora’s performance was worse than when he lost to Vitali in Munich in February.

“I was more disappointed by Chisora’s poor display. He was out of shape and looked in better shape against Vitali,” he said.

“Saying his performance against Chisora was too good, that Vitali won’t want to fight, was typical Haye.

“He has a big mouth and is like a little dog that yaps. We all know the calibre of fighter Vitali has fought in the past, including Lennox Lewis. I’m sure he’s not impressed by that performance.

“Chisora fought a stupid fight and was completely open. Vitali would also have knocked out Chisora had he not suffered that injury in the third round.

“He fought Chisora with only his right arm, he could not use his left arm any more.”

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