According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, a July 14th HBO doubleheader has been finalized that will feature WBC jr. welterweight champion Danny Garcia defending his title against former jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan and heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell putting his undefeated record on the line against Johnathon Banks. Although a venue has yet to be finalized, Schaefer is targeting the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and the Mandaly Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I'm going to be working on the two venues now. It's going to be either at the Mandalay Bay or the Honda Center in Anaheim. It's an exciting matchup, and I'm very happy about it," Schaefer informed Lem Satterfield of Ring Magazine. "That's going to be a great, great double-header. An explosive double-header. Hopefully, we will have the venue wrapped up by tomorrow."
Interestingly enough, Golden Boy Promotions is hoping that the main event between Khan and Garcia will be a jr. welterweight title unification, having requested that both the WBA and the IBF return Khan's titles in light of the revelation that Lamont Peterson, the man who defeated him back in December, tested positive for synthetic testosterone just weeks prior to their scheduled May 19 rematch, which was ultimately canceled. In fact, Peterson admitted to using testosterone pellets prior to their first bout, which quickly prompted Golden Boy to start the process of getting Khan's loss changed to a No Contest.
One has to wonder what undefeated and WBC #1 ranked jr. welterweight contender Ajose Olusegun has to think after expecting to finally get his shot at the title. Last week, there was supposed to be a purse bid for Garcia's mandatory defense of his WBC title against Olusegon, but that was mysteriously pushed back by the WBC. I guess now he knows why.