Amir Khan named WBC mandatory challenger for winner of Danny Garcia v Robert Guerrero
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 14/01/16 6:33am
Amir Khan has been named mandatory challenger to the winner of the vacant WBC world welterweight title fight between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero.
The former super-lightweight world champion (31-3-KO19) fought just once in 2015 and has been widely expected to finally face long-time British rival, IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook, in May or June.
But Khan has now been handed another possible route back to world champion status, with the latest WBC bulletin on the welterweight division stating: "Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero will fight for the WBC welterweight championship.
"Amir Khan has been ratified as mandatory contender."
A possible rematch with Garcia (31-0-KO18) would bring back painful memories for Khan, who was knocked out by the American in the fourth round of a world super-lightweight title clash in 2012.
The 27-year-old Garcia, who defended the WBA Super and WBC super-lightweight crowns four times after that, fought twice at catchweights before officially moving up to welterweight with a ninth-round stoppage of former world champion Paulie Malignaggi.
Californian Guerrero (33-3-1-KO18) has won world titles at featherweight and super-featherweight and interim world titles at lightweight, but lost his previous attempts to repeat the trick at welterweight to Floyd Mayweather Jr and Keith Thurman - both on points.