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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2007, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Khan to defend title against Earl
Amir Khan
Khan beat Scott Lawton in his last fight
Amir Khan will make the second defence of his Commonwealth lightweight title against Graham Earl on 8 December.

Khan will face former WBU champion Earl, 29, on his 21st birthday at the Bolton Arena with both fighters itching for a showdown.

"A fight between us has been brewing for a while now and it's time to get business settled," said Khan.

"This is a coming of age fight for me and I'm delighted that it's Earl in the opposite corner that I'm facing."

He added: "He's very experienced and has been around a long time. When he made his pro-debut in 1997 I was still just a 10-year-old kid.

"I've seen plenty of his fights against the likes of Michael Katsidis, Steve Murray and Bobby Vanzie and I know what to expect from him - plenty of heart and power.


"I'm in this sport to become a world champion and a great and there is no way Earl is going to stop me achieving this."

Earl has taunted Khan by saying he will teach him a boxing lesson and is a seasoned campaigner at 135lb.

He has lost just two fights in a 25-fight career, with 12 knock-out wins.

Earl said: "I'm not an opponent for anybody and certainly not a building block for his record.

"Khan is a talented kid but he has not operated on my level and he will find out the hard way on his birthday that he has got a present that he never wanted.

"He's been like a constant thorn in my side, opening his mouth about fighting me and dismissing me and now it is time for him to put-up or shut-up."

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