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Khan cleared to fight Malignaggi after visa delay

ESPN staff
May 8, 2010
Amir Jhan's title defence agains Paulie Malignaggi will take place on May 15 © Getty Images

Amir Khan has been cleared to fight Paulie Malignaggi in New York next week.

The WBA light-welterweight champion had been forced to relocate to Canada after struggling secure a US visa but has been given the go-ahead for the May 15 bout at Madison Square Garden.

A statement from his promoters Golden Boy Promotions confirmed Khan would head to New York on Sunday after being granted his work permit.

The statement read: "After an administrative delay which caused a temporary relocation of his training camp locale from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, Amir Khan has received his P1 visa and will be heading to New York City as originally scheduled on Sunday in order to defend his title against hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 15."

"This is great news and I can't wait to get to New York to finish up my training, get in the ring next Saturday and teach Paulie Malignaggi a lesson," Khan said, who has won 22 of his 23 fights as a professional. "He's been running his mouth for a while now and was probably hoping I wouldn't get into New York. Well, Paulie, I'm on my way and you're going to be my next knockout victim."

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