Amir Khan has WBA light-welterweight title reinstated ahead of Danny Garcia bout in Las Vegas
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The World Boxing Association has chosen to restore Amir Khan's champion status ahead of his clash with World Boxing Coundil's own champion Danny Garcia in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Khan had previously lost both his WBA and International Boxing Federation belts in a controversial loss to American Lamont Peterson in December of last year, where points deducted from Khan for 'pushing' proved crucial in a closely-faught points victory. A since-proposed rematch was then called off after Peterson tested positive for a banned artificial testosterone, leading to the WBA stripping the American of the belt he had only recently claimed from Khan.
The fight marks an opportunity for the Bolton-born boxer to claim four of the five titles that a leight-welterweight competitor might earn, with opponent Danny Garcia's WBC and Ring magazine belts up for grabs. Khan clearly feels that the momentum behind him means that this is a distinct possibility, and added in an interview that '"I'm glad the WBA are reinstating me as champion; it means I walk into this fight as world champion'.
Boxing News editor Tris Dixon welcomed Khan 'back to the WBA throne' but cynically noted that the WBC had a new champion 'just in time for Saturday's sanctioning fee' to be paid to them. Amir's brother and fellow boxer Haroon added his support, too, and asked that 'everyone out there gets praying for @AmirKingKhan comes out of the ring in safe hands and happy with the world titles' ahead of the bout.
Predictions were being made ahead of the fight, too. 'Ambassador of Happiness' and the enigmatically named Christopher tweeted that his 'money's on Amir Khan, but if Danny Garcia has any infighting skills at all, he will make it a fight' before later adding that the Brit 'should beat Danny Garcia. If he doesn't, Khan should just retire.'