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Amir Khan: The Going Gets Tough

Amir Khan says fighting Willie Limond for the Commonwealth Lightweight Championship on July 14 at the O2 Arena will be the start of a new era. It's the Olympic silver medallist's first big championship fight - and he knows that quality match ups will now come thick and fast if he produces the expected win..

"It's almost like starting again, this is where the going gets tough," said Khan, who has raced through his first 12 professional fights with nine KOs - and hardly any problems.

"It's a big step up but hopefully there will be even bigger steps up in the future. It's a tough fight but I want this title and I want other titles as well.

"There won't be any easy fights for me from now on, but I want hard fights so I'm not complaining.

"Willie is a good fighter but I'm so fired up for this one I don't see it going the distance. I've got a point to prove."

But Khan, who has spent his longest ever time in training camp with a 10-week stint, already has his sights set on greater things.

"I've always said I want to Britain's youngest ever world champion, and I still think that goal is achievable," said Khan, who has around a year to fulfil his ambition.

"And when I talk about world championships I mean one of the big four belts.

"I want to be one of the most successful British boxers of all time, and at the moment I'm course to do that."

Nicky Cook headlines the big 'London's Burning' show when he challenges top American Steve Luevano for the Vacant WBO World Featherweight Championship. Chief support features the rematch between Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott for the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship. A great scrap between Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion Bradley Pryce and Anthony Small could be one of the fights of the night on the show and there is real battle of the 'little men' between Matthew Marsh and Rocky Dean for the Vacant Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Championship. Graham Earl, Steve Foster Jnr, Matthew Hall, Vinny Mitchell and the pro-debut of 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Jamie Cox complete the card.

Tickets priced 250 (ringside), 200, 150, 100, 75, 50 and 40 are available through:

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For further information about the 02 visit www.theo2.co.uk

Article posted on 02.07.2007



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