Khan vows to KO Garcia
Danny Garcia's eccentric father stole the show as the WBC light-welterweight champion came face to face with Amir Khan ahead of Saturday's unification fight in Las Vegas.
Angel Garcia, who has made unsavoury comments about WBA champion Khan's Pakistani heritage in the past, gave an impassioned, heated speech at the main pre-fight press conference in which he touched on religion and then sat making gestures when it was Khan's turn to speak, holding up his son's belt, pulling faces, pretending to punch himself in the face and shouting comments.
Khan, speaking on the podium, said: "Garcia's team can say whatever they want. I promise you - I've never said this at a press conference - I will knock Danny Garcia out and win the titles. I will knock him out and if his dad wants it afterwards...That will shut his dad up anyway. I'm not going to do anything physical because his dad talks so much."
He went on: "I'm going to hurt his son. I'm going to do it in the ring. I cannot wait until after the fight, when I've knocked his son out and I'm stood here with the titles.
"Another thing, it's funny when he said he's never seen a Pakistani fight. He's going to see a Pakistani fight on Saturday and knock his son out. I can't wait to get in there. You're going to see a British Pakistani fight on Saturday and you're going to see him knock your guy out."
Newly reinstated WBA champion Khan is ready to move on from what he describes as the worst six months of his career.
Khan endured a "devastating" spell as he lost his WBA and IBF titles in a surprise defeat by Lamont Peterson last December. The fall-out from that fight was messy and controversial as Khan raised a number of grievances relating to issues inside and outside the ring.
The saga reached new levels before their scheduled May rematch when American Peterson tested positive for banned synthetic testosterone, before admitting he had already used it before their first fight in December, albeit for medical reasons.
While Peterson's positive test vindicated Khan and undermined the defeat, it also robbed the 25-year-old of the chance to avenge his second career loss. His bitterness has been eased, however, by the news that the WBA have stripped the title from Peterson and strapped it around his own waist once more.
"It was the hardest six months of my career," Khan told Press Association Sport ahead of Saturday's bout with WBC champion Garcia in Las Vegas. "Straight after the fight I was devastated because I'd lost the fight and I was so upset. Then when I got into the camp I was so happy that I'd got the rematch, because even that was so hard to negotiate. I agreed to whatever they said."