Monday, June 01, 2009

No Rematch for Khan

Amir Khan will not have to give a rematch to Marco Antonio Barrera following the World Boxing Organisation's enquiry into the March 14 bout at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Khan beat the Mexican great to win the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title on a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped in the fifth round because of an accidental clash of heads that occurred in the opening round. After the bout, Barrera's promoter Don King filed a protest to the WBO asking for an immediate rematch and this has been denied by the WBO. In addition, King requested that the fight be declared a No Contest, but as the result of the contest is within the jurisdiction of the Host Commission (British Boxing Board of Control) they determined that the Rules of the Contest had been followed and there was no error by the referee in stopping the contest. Bolton star Khan is currently preparing in Los Angeles on his forthcoming WBA World Light-Welterweight title challenge on June 27 at London's O2 Arena against the champion Andreas Kotelnik.

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