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Khan reinstated as WBA champion in time for unification bout

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Associated Press
7/11/2012 8:23:00 PM
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LAS VEGAS -- The WBA is reinstating British boxer Amir Khan as its junior welterweight champion, just in time for a unification bout this weekend in Las Vegas with WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said he learned Wednesday that Saturday's Khan-Garcia matchup at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be a WBA-WBC unification fight.

The WBA announced Wednesday that Khan was being given back the crown he lost to Lamont Peterson in a disputed split decision last December in Washington, D.C.

Peterson later failed a doping test and a May rematch against Khan in Las Vegas was cancelled.

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer, who represents Khan, says the move also ensures that the two best fighters at 145 pounds will fight for Ring Magazine's championship belt.

Amir Khan (Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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