Boxing: Khan lines up French test

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Amir Khan's 10th professional contest will be against Frenchman Rachid Drilzane at the ExCel Arena in London next month.

The Olympic silver medallist will fight on the 9 December undercard of Scott Harrison's WBO featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook. Khan, who will turn 20 one day before the show, said: "This year has been pretty special, and it would be great to finish it just the way I started it - with a first-round knockout. They always say a boxer's first 10 fights are about learning the ropes, and I feel ready to be let off the leash after this one.

"I want to start winning titles as soon as possible, and hopefully I will fight for my first one before too long in 2007."

Despite a record of 10 wins from 13 paid fights, Drilzane may not be expected to put up much of a challenge, as he has failed to stop any of his previous opponents.

Khan has seen videos of the 28-year-old Frenchman and said: "I have had a good look at Drilzane. He is not a bad fighter but I will not let him ruin my birthday."