Boxing: Khan targets UK fight by the end of July

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The Independent Online

Amir Khan insists he is ready to fight again as early as July and hopes to find out in the next 10 days if he will be doing so.

Khan made a successful defence of his WBA light-welterweight title at the weekend against New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden, claiming an impressive 11th-round victory on what was his debut fight in the United States.

Attention has already shifted to the 23-year-old's next bout, with Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Khan's promoters Golden Boy, saying he would like to get the Bolton fighter back in the ring in the UK by the end of July before a return to the US later in the year.

Khan confirmed his approval of the plan, which will allow him to fight on home soil before the start of Ramadan in August. "I think it's perfect. I trained hard and in the [Malignaggi] fight I don't think I took much punishment. Being young, I think I can afford to have less of a break and jump in this fight quite soon.

"Freddie [Roach, Khan's trainer] is happy to do that, so we will see how it goes. First we'll have to get an opponent right, and then we can get a fight on."

Khan added: "I'd like to have it in the UK, but I'd love to go back to the States again. Some fighters don't like fighting away from home but with me, I can fight anywhere – just put me in a boxing ring, I love fighting."