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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 May, 2005, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Khan to make pro debut in Bolton
Matt Skelton, Amir Khan and Danny Williams
Amir Khan will make his professional debut in his home town of Bolton in July after a switch of venues.

Promoter Frank Warren changed the location of the 16 July fight from London to the 7,000-seat Bolton Arena.

The 18-year-old Olympic silver medallist will appear on the undercard of Matt Skelton's British heavyweight title defence against Danny Williams.

Warren said: "It's fitting that he should have his first professional fight in his home town."

Khan, who avenged his Athens 2004 lightweight final defeat by overcoming Kindelan in Bolton last Saturday, said: "It will be great to have my first pro fight in front of my own supporters."

Warren added: "We've got a cracking heavyweight fight that will draw anywhere and we thought it would be nice for Amir to have his first fight there."

He'll become one of the youngest fighters to win a world title
Promoter Frank Warren

Warren is hoping to announce the name of Khan's debut opponent next week but said it would be a British fighter over four rounds.

Warren also stressed that Khan would be developed in the "Warren Way".

"He's not going to be rushed. I will guide him the right way and we'll make the right moves at the right time, as was done with Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed and Ricky Hatton," said the Sports Network chief.

"I think he'll become one of the youngest fighters to win a world title. But it's a long road and it's not going to happen in two years.

"We'll keep him busy and pick put the right opponents to bring out the best in him.

"Is he going to get some guys who he'll knock over? I'm sure he will do because he's that quality of fighter. But there will also be guys who will test him.

"These are exciting times for British boxing, there's so much happening behind the scenes. It's being regenerated and there are some great fight coming up.

"We're coming into a golden period of British boxing."

Meanwhile, heavyweight rivals Skelton and Williams appeared relaxed about the fight being moved from London's ExCel Arena.

"I'm not bothered about him having the limelight - he's the next big thing so let him have the limelight," said Williams.

"All I'm bothered about is winning the British title again and moving on to another world title shot."

Champion Skelton added: "The country's behind him, it's great. I can imagine the atmosphere's going to be electric. I'm just looking forward to it."

Warren refused to confirm or deny whether the Bolton show will be shown on Sky or ITV.

Interview: Amir Khan

Interview: Promoter Frank Warren


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