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Amir Khan (right) of Great Britain and Paulie Malignaggi exchange blows during the WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden

Amir Khan (right) of Great Britain and Paulie Malignaggi exchange blows during the WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden

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Amir Khan (right) of Great Britain and Paulie Malignaggi exchange blows during the WBA light welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden

Amir Khan says he wants to be placed on a path that will lead to him unifying the light-welterweight division following his 11th round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden.

Khan retained his WBA title with the most polished performance of his career against the New Yorker, who simply had no answer to the Bolton man's speed and accuracy.

“I'm not leaving 140lb until I unify the title. Until I'm number one I'm not going to leave this division,” said Khan.

“It's my first fight away from home so I'm very happy. He was an awkward opponent, but we stuck to the gameplan and stopped him in the 11th round.

“We had to break him down slowly, we didn't want to run in there trying to knock him out because we would have got caught with shots. I was a little nervous, I was fighting in his home town but I put in the hard work in the gym and I knew my work ethic would carry me home.”

Khan has to face hard punching mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana before he can target WBC/IBF champion Devon Alexander and WBO kingpin Timothy Bradley.

On the supporting bill, 19-year-old Jamie Kavanagh, a World junior silver medallist, stopped William Ware in the second round of his debut.

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In Limerick, Andy Lee was a mixture of frustration and joy after Frenchman Mamadou Thiam was forced to retire at the end of the second round with a back injury sustained in the first round when he stumbled against the ring post. Lee is now aiming for a much more meaningful fight and that could be against European middleweight champion Darren Barker.

On the supporting bill at the University of Limerick Arena, Belfast's Tommy Tolan lost on points to Michael Sweeney, while Ciaran Healy lost on points to Paddy McDonagh.

Meanwhile, Frank Warren slammed Kevin Mitchell's preparation following his third round stoppage by Australian Michael Katsidis at Upton Park on Saturday night.

“It annoys me hearing about Kevin's preparation,” added Warren. “If Kevin doesn't want to play at this game I'm not financing it.” If you don't want to play the game, don't waste my time.”

Derek Chisora won the British heavyweight title after a second-round victory over Danny Williams.


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