“King” Khan to defend title in Las Vegas

WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan, (23-1 17 KOs) will climb into the ring to fight WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana, (29-1 27 KOs). The world title fight will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on December 11, 2010.

The formal announcement of the fight was made in London at a Planet Hollywood with the fighters surrounded by decked out Vegas showgirls.

This will be Khan’s third title defense of his belt after previously beating Dmitry Salita and Paulie Malignaggi to retain his title.

Khan is the silver medal winner from the 2004 Athens Olympics, a feat he accomplished when he was just 17 years old. He told the media that he is tired of the doubters who have had issues since his loss to Briedis Prescott a few years ago.

“I want this fight because once I’ve beat Maidana I can shut everyone up and they will know who the champion is.”

Maidana who won the interim WBA World Championship title with a TKO over “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and has successfully defended the crown in three fights, responded to Khan’s comments:

“Khan’s been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11. I’ll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas.”

Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Productions who is co-promoter of the fight told the media, “I believe these are the two of the top 140-pound fighters in the world and with Khan’s speed and Maidana’s power, this fight is going to be explosive.”

The fight will be televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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