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Amir Khan celebrates after defeating Andreas Kotelnik to become the WBA Light Welterweight Champion at the MEN Arena in Manchester

Amir Khan celebrates after defeating Andreas Kotelnik to become the WBA Light Welterweight Champion at the MEN Arena in Manchester

Amir Khan celebrates after defeating Andreas Kotelnik to become the WBA Light Welterweight Champion at the MEN Arena in Manchester

Amir Khan insists he is ready to fight again as early as July and hopes to find out in the next 10 days if he will be doing so.

Khan made a successful defence of his WBA light-welterweight title at the weekend against New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden, claiming an impressive 11th-round victory on what was his debut fight in the United States.

Attention has already shifted to the 23-year-old's next bout, with Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Khan's promoters Golden Boy, saying he would like to get the Bolton fighter back in the ring in the UK by the end of July before a return to the USA later in the year.

And yesterday Khan confirmed his approval of the plan, which will allow him to fight on home soil before the start of Ramadan in August.

Asked if he thought July might be too soon to fight again, Khan said: “I think it's perfect to be honest. I trained hard and in the (Malignaggi) fight I don't think I took much punishment. It was quite easy and I didn't take too many big shots.

“Being young, I think I can afford to have less of a break and jump in this fight quite soon.

“Freddie (Roach, Khan's trainer) is happy to do that, so we will see how it goes. First we'll have to get an opponent right, and then we can get a fight on.”

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He added: “I'd like to have it in the UK, but I'd love to go back to the States again.

“Some fighters don't like fighting away from home but with me, I can fight anywhere — just put me in a boxing ring, I love fighting.”

l Ricky Hatton admits he currently has no desire to fight again — and concedes he may never regain the urge to return to the ring.

The former two-weight world champion has not boxed since being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas a year ago and speculation continues over whether he will ever fight again.

Hatton, 31, has stopped short of announcing his retirement but concedes he currently has no desire to lace on the gloves.

Hatton said: “At the minute I'm just enjoying what I'm doing, really.

“Boxing is the hardest game in the world and if you don't have that desire then the last place you want to be is in the boxing ring. It was hard for me to get beaten by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“I'm not going to retire, because I'm only 31, at the end of the day.”


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