Khan To Battle Kotelnik For World Title
Amir Khan will step up a division to junior-welterweight and challenge WBA titleholder Andreas Kotelnik on June 27.
A venue is yet to be confirmed but Khan is understandably delighted to be fighting for his first world title: "This is the best news that I could have received," said Khan.
"To fight for the world title in only my 22nd fight and at the age of just 22 is fantastic.
"Iâ€™ve seen Kotelnik a few times and Iâ€™ve always been impressed by him but once my trainer Freddie Roach works out the game plan to beat him itâ€™s my job to execute it on the night as I did effectively against Barrera(Marco Antonio)."
Following his win over Marco Antonio Barrera a few weeks ago promoter Frank Warren sees the Kotelnik fight as just reward.
"This is the moment that Amir has been waiting for and Iâ€™m delighted to deliver him the opportunity,â€ said Warren. â€œAmir put in a sensational performance against a three time world champion and future Hall of Famer in Barrera in only his 21st fight and now he has to produce the same form against Kotelnik."
German based Ukrainian Kotelnik has fought in Britain three times before. He was out-pointed by Junior Witter for the European title in 2005, was held to a draw against Frenchman Souleymane Mâ€™Baye, out-pointed Welshman Gavin Rees for the WBA title in 2008
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