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Amir Khan fights back for title

Amir Khan boxing with Michael Gomez

Boxer Amir Khan survived one of the toughest fights of his career to defend his Commonwealth lightweight title against Michael Gomez.

The unbeaten 21-year-old was knocked to the floor with a powerful left hook at the start of the second round, but soon fought back to take control.

After getting Gomez on the floor in the first round, Khan stormed back in with another series of powerful punches.

Gomez was floored again in the fifth before the referee stopped the fight.

Khan's defeat of the former British super-featherweight champion means he's now unbeaten in all 18 fights of his professional boxing career.

But the bruised boxer admitted it had been a tough fight.

World champion

"Michael Gomez is a big hitter," he said. "He's knocked out 24 opponents - he's knocked more fighters out than I've had fights.

"He's experienced, but these are the fights I need to make me where I want to get to. If I want to become a world champion these are the people I need to beat."