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Last Updated: Sunday July 19 2009 10:07 GMT

Amir Khan wins first world title

Amir Khan with his light-welterweight title belt

British boxer Amir Khan has claimed his first world title, the WBA light welterweight belt, by outclassing his Ukrainian opponent, Andreas Kotelnik.

All three judges decided the 22-year-old should win after watching him land 170 punches to Kotelnik's 80, during the fight at Manchester's MEN Arena.

It's only the Bolton boxer's 22nd bout since turning professional in 2005.

Afterwards he said it was "the best feeling ever" and thanked his coach and training team for helping it happen.

"I'm a world champion and I'm going to enjoy it," he said. "I'm still young and I've got big things to come."

It's a great result for Amir Khan and marks an incredible turnaround for him, just 10 months after suffering a first-round knockout by Columbian boxer Breidis Prescott - his first professional defeat.

Before Saturday's fight, Khan said the shock of that defeat, in September last year, had turned him from a boy into a man.

Now, after watching his title-winning performance, lots of critics agree.