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Khan to fight at Birmingham's NIA

Amir Khan celebrates his 17th professional victory
Khan stopped Kristjansen in the seventh round in his last fight

Amir Khan has announced his next fight will take place on 21 June at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

Khan beat Martin Kristjansen in their WBO world lightweight title eliminator earlier this month.

It will be the 21-year-old Commonwealth and WBO Intercontinental lightweight champion's first professional bout in England's second city.

"I've boxed in most of the major cities in Britain and I'm excited that my next fight will be in Birmingham," he said.

"I get fan mail from all around the country but the majority I receive are from Birmingham and the question is always the same: 'when are you going to fight here?'

"I've boxed there as an amateur and I know that the fans are very passionate and love their boxing, so I'm expecting a great turn out from the public to make it a great night."

I feel that I am on the right track to win a world title

Amir Khan

Khan's win over Kristjansen, who had never previously been stopped, was his 17th since turning professional and he is expected to fight for a world title later this year.

"I'm getting better and better with each fight and my last fight against Kristjansen, which I believe was my most complete performance yet, proved how far I have come in a short period of time.

"Of course there is still plenty of things that I need to improve on in the gym but I feel that I am on the right track to win a world title."

The Bolton-based fighter's opponent will be announced by promoter Frank Warren at a later date.

see also
Khan stops Kristjansen in seven
05 Apr 08 |  Boxing

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