Boxing: Khan confirms potential to rival Harrison for limelight

Fewer than 24 hours before Audley Harrison's last fight on BBC tonight, Amir Khan enhanced his emergence as a bright British prospect by winning the 13th World Under-19 Championship in South Korea.

Fewer than 24 hours before Audley Harrison's last fight on BBC tonight, Amir Khan enhanced his emergence as a bright British prospect by winning the 13th World Under-19 Championship in South Korea.

Harrison, an Olympic champion in 2000, will defend his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight belt against Poland's unbeaten Tomasz Bonin at the Alexandra Palace, North London.

It will be a routine defence but a sad event watching Harrison slip from terrestrial TV screens after 17 fights as a professional and four live amateur fights from the Sydney Games.

The win in Korea by Khan, who qualified for the Athens Olympics two months ago but, at 17, is too young to enter domestic amateur championships, was quite simply extraordinary. Khan, who will be Britain's only fighter at the Olympics in August, had to win five times before taking the lightweight title and was voted the tournament's finest boxer.

Amazingly, Khan was told by the English boxing authorities not to compete because the week-long event would interfere with his Olympic preparation.

During the past two years, Harrison has been searching for a new amateur star to fill the void he left, but Khan's arrival from obscurity six months ago to brilliance has caught everyone in the sport by surprise.

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