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Khan ready for Garcia rematch

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Amir Khan hopes Danny Garcia will be his opponent at the end of the year to determine the best fighter in the division © Getty Images
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Amir Khan has answered Danny Garcia's calls for a rematch by declaring he wants to fight the American to prove he is the better fighter.

Garcia had opened the door to a rematch with Khan by saying: "I beat him once and I could beat him again," and Khan is determined to ensure he gets a bout against Garcia at the end of the year.

"I want to fight Garcia just to prove that I am the best but I'll just have to go with the flow and see who the best man is," Khan said to the Daily Mail.

Khan will face Julio Diaz on April 27 in what will be his first fight on British soil for two years, and revealed on Sky Sports News he is taking a pay cut in order for his fans to see him, adding he has missed fighting in the UK. Also on that April night, Garcia aims to defend his WBC and WBA belts against Zab Judah.

The contest to be the best light-welterweight will draw to a close this year. Lamont Peterson is up against Lucas Matthysse on May 18, with the winner facing whoever triumphs out of Garcia and Judah.

And Khan will be waiting for the victor of that fight in what will be a last-man-standing contest. "I think that would be huge. I've got a big fight to come against Julio Diaz which I hope to pass with flying colours," Khan said, choosing not to draw his attention away from his next fight.

"The guys in the tournament are the top five in the world and the final fight will prove who the best 140lb fighter is and that straightaway is a superfight.

"Things don't always go the way you hope they will but I'm willing to prove I'm the best in the division. I've made mistakes in the past but I'm correcting them and I know I'm ready.

"It proves that I'm still seen as one of the best fighters in the division which is a good thing. I'm the guy who brings the most money to the table."

Before suffering a defeat to Garcia in 2012, Khan lost out to Peterson in Washington, and after those losses the 26-year-old admits he is more determined to succeed.

"Currently I'm still top of the list, among others who have world titles, even though I don't have one because I have a huge fan base, talent, skill and because of the people I've faced," he said.

"Not having a world title makes me train harder so I have to go back to the drawing board but I'm still one of the top fighters in the UK."

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