Coming off a bloodied fifth round stoppage to beat triple-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, 2004 Great Britain silver medalist Amir Khan is scheduled to fight reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik for the title.
Khan is currently training in Los Angeles under the eye of light welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and legendary coach Freddie Roach after parting ways with the Cuban trainer . Khan started working with Roach and Pacquiao after being handed his first professional loss by Colombian powerhouse Bredis Prescott in 54 seconds in the first round at the M.E.N arena in September.
After the first six week training session with Roach, Khan was preparing to battle with the Irish national Oisin Fagan. Khan came out on the top with a second round stoppage after Fagan's corner threw in the towel. Although Roach was not in his corner due to his obligation to Pacquiao's fight with Oscar De La Hoya which took the place the same night. Khan looked stronger and more durable in his bout with Fagan, taking in what he learned in the sessions with Roach.
The 31 year old Kotelnik of Ukraine, failed to obtain a visa to attend the press conference in Britain but that has not stopped him from defending himself. "I will knock Khan out come June 27th," Kotelnik said in an interview with BBC.
Khan and Kotelnik both won silver medals and were beaten by Cuban boxer Mario Kindelan. Kotelnik insists this is where the similarities end and he will come out on top come June.
Khan begs to differ, he relishes this fight with Kotelnik. "I am confident I can do a number on him," Khan said in a recent interview with BBC. "I have got fast feet and fast hands and if I box him cleverly, I think I can make it an easy night and a night I can become world champion."
June 27th will be a memorable night for British boxing no matter the result. Either a new boxing champion will be made in Britain or Britain will suffer another tough blow following Ricky Hatton's brutal loss to Pacquiao.