Khan's title is restored

Amir Khan has been reinstated as WBA light-welterweight champion. The authority restored his belts after their investigation into his controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson in Washington last December.

Khan had raised a number of grievances about the judging of that fight in Peterson’s hometown. The situation was further clouded when Peterson subsequently tested positive for synthetic testosterone ahead of their proposed May rematch.

Khan’s representative Richard Schaefer said the WBA had told him that the title would revert to Khan. Khan’s fight with the WBC champion Danny Garcia can now be billed as a clash of rival world title holders.

"Justice has been done," Khan said. "I'm glad the WBA are reinstating me as champion, it means I walk into this fight as world champion. There is a chance to win the WBC belt as well but not only that, the Ring magazine title will be on the line as well. It means this fight will really show who is the best fighter in the 140lb division."

The business of boxing continues to puzzle the uninitiated though. Despite the WBA decision, and Peterson’s positive drugs test, the December fight result has not been overturned. Khan insists that defeat should be regarded as null and void.

Khan’s Las Vegas fight with Garcia falls on the same day as the Dereck Chisora v. David Haye grudge bout in East London. Khan dismissed fears that his title fight would be overshadowed. "People know the difference – especially boxing fans – they know my fight is a lot bigger because there's two world titles on the line," he told Radio 5 Live.

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