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Last Updated: Monday, 9 July 2007, 06:46 GMT 07:46 UK
Khan aims beyond Limond challenge
By Ben Dirs

Amir Khan
Khan has nine knockouts from his 12 pro encounters
Amir Khan insists his fight with Willie Limond is merely a stepping stone to bigger things, with a world title fight in Las Vegas his ultimate goal.

Khan, 20, challenges Scotland's Limond for his Commonwealth lightweight crown at London's 02 Arena on Saturday.

"I want those big fights in Las Vegas, that's what motivates me. This is a great fight for me to prove myself," the 20-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I'll get this fight over with and then move on to bigger things."

Former Olympic silver medallist Khan is unbeaten in 12 professional fights and is confident the 28-year-old Limond will become his 10th inside-the-distance victim.

"This is a great fight for me to prove myself," said the Bolton fighter. "The styles are perfect - it's not going to be a scuffle, it's going to be a proper boxing fight.

I want to be one of the most successful British boxers of all time, and at the moment I'm on course to do that

Amir Khan

"I'm looking forward to it because I've never felt so good. I don't think it will go the 12 rounds, I think it will finish a lot earlier because my speed and power have come on so much.

"This fight is perfect, I need a fight like this - it's made me focus and want to go for those big fights in a big venue in Las Vegas.

"That's what motivates me and makes me want to go to the gym every day. It's a big step up but hopefully there will be even bigger steps up in the future.

"I want this title and I want other titles as well. There won't be any easy fights for me from now on.

"I've always said I want to be Britain's youngest-ever world champion, and I still think that goal is achievable.

"I want to be one of the most successful British boxers of all time, and at the moment I'm on course to do that."

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Glasgow's Limond, 28, has lost just one of his 29 fights and won the Commonwealth belt with a unanimous decision over Kpakpo Allotey last November.

Also on the bill at what used to be the Millennium Dome in Greenwich is Nicky Cook's WBO featherweight clash with American Steve Luevano.

In addition, Bedford's Matt Skelton defends his Commonwealth heavyweight crown against Reading's Michael Sprott.

And Bradley Pryce of Newbridge puts his Commonwealth light middleweight belt on the line against London's Anthony Small.

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