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Barrera to fight Amir Khan on March 14

Barrera to fight Amir Khan on March 14

Former multiple world champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico will fight British lightweight Amir Khan on March 14.
The 34-year-old Barrera, who returned from a short-lived retirement in November by knocking out Sammy Ventura in his first lightweight bout, will be the biggest name opponent so far of Khan's 20-fight career.
The 22-year-old Khan, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, rebounded from a first-round loss in September to win the WBA international lightweight title last month with a second-round stoppage of Oisin Fagan. His record is 19-1.
Barrera, who has held world titles at three different weights, has won 64 of 71 professional fights.
He won his first world title in 1995, the WBO super bantamweight championship, and has faced fighters including Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales.
"This is a huge step up for Amir, who had some serious thoughts about it," promoter Frank Warren said Thursday. "This is the right fight for Amir at this stage of his career. I believe it will bring out the best in him. This puts him well and truly on the world stage."
The venue, likely in Britain, will be announced next week.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:33 GMT+08:00