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Amir Khan Reinstated as WBA Champion Before Bout with Danny Garcia

Last December British boxer Amir Khan lost his WBA light-welterweight to Lamont Peterson, in Peterson’s home town of Washington. The result was heavily scrutinized.

Footage of a mysterious man in a hat, aligning himself with a scorer, was revealed. Khan was incensed by this, claiming conspiracy, and called the whole scoring of the bout into question due to “multiple irregularities.” For the English Olympic silver medalist this was a dispute that, if not ratified, at least demanded a rematch.

Peterson agreed, but then tested positive for synthetic testosterone. The fight was called off and Khan duly arranged a meet with WBC champion, Danny Garcia.

Now the WBC has decided, after a time, to reinstate Khan as the WBA champion. This belt will be on the line, alongside a Ring Magazine title, in the unification bout in Las Vegas, this Saturday.

The winner will take three titles and will be declared the best fighter in that weight class. For Amir Khan this means the world. “There is a chance to win the WBC belt as well but, not only that, the Ring magazine title will be on the line. There are five main belts in this division and I will have won four of them if I win this fight.

“The only one I have not won is the WBO one, but I tried to fight Tim Bradley for that and he turned me down. If I win against Garcia, it means I have done everything I want to do in this division.”

Surmising, the Bolton-born fighter simply said, “This fight will really show who is the best fighter in the 140lb division.”

First bell is at 21:00 CST.