KEY POINTS

  • Amir Khan calls Ryan Garcia a "robotic" fighter
  • Garcia fired back and said he'd hurt Khan
  • Garcia won 17 of his 20 fights via KO

Ryan Garcia is not taking the statement of Amir Khan sitting down.

The rising boxing superstar fired back at Khan after the latter taunted him in an interview on Monday, saying he would hurt the British fighter if they fought right now.

Khan spoke to Fighthype and labeled Garcia as a “robotic” fighter who has yet to reach the world-class status when he discussed how he views the up and coming contenders of the lightweight division.

“I think (Garcia) needs to stick with his natural style. Don’t try to be something that you’re not.,” Khan said as he compared the 21-year-old to Devin Haney, who is the former WBC Lightweight Champion. “They’re (Garcia and Haney) at the level where they’re not world-class level, They’re a level below. They need to keep it down. People are talking about them, and they love the hype.”

Garcia did not take too long before firing the counter, saying that while he recognizes Khan as a good fighter, he is confident that he could stand and serve his vicious hands on to the former light-welterweight champion in a quick sparring session.

“I don’t know how to put this in a nice way. I’m going to try and be as nice as I can to Amir just because he seems like a nice guy,” Garcia told Fighthype. “He’s literally as delusional. He doesn’t know s***. Think about it right now. He had the same type of hand speed as me.

“What he didn’t have is the brain. He wasn’t smart. When he fought, he was dumb as s***. He only relied on his speed. I got speed and power. I got two things. And I’ve all the other aspects of boxing. He didn’t realize his full potential, and he’s trying to act like something he’s not. First of all, you don’t know who the f***I am.,” he added.

Garcia also shared his response on his Twitter page:

Khan and Garcia are separated by a 12-year gap, but the much younger American boxer is obviously not one to back down. After all, he has proven himself as one of the most dangerous punchers today, having won 17 of his unblemished 20 professional fights via knockout.

Oscar De La Hoya Ryan Garcia Oscar De La Hoya celebrates victory with his fighter Ryan Garcia Photo: Bad Left Hook