WBA belt on the line for Khan
Amir Khan's fight with Danny Garcia will now be a unification bout after Lamont Peterson was stripped of the WBA title.
Peterson beat Khan last December in a controversial contest to claim both the WBA and IBF light-welterweight championships. A rematch had been scheduled to take place in May before the bout was called off when it was revealed Peterson had tested positive for a banned substance. Since the revelations about Peterson came out Khan's camp have been calling for the fight in December to be ruled a no contest and for the British fighter to be handed his WBA and IBF titles back. While the WBA haven't gone that far they are now set to make Khan's fight with Garcia on July 14 a unification contest, with Garcia currently the holder of the WBC championship. "I've gotten verbal confirmation that the WBA is going to have Amir fight for the WBA title, so that's that," Khan's promoter, Richard Schaefer, told RingTV.com. "As it relates to the WBC, we already know that the fight is also going to be for the WBC title, so their fight will definitely be for two belts." The IBF have yet to say whether they will follow suit in stripping Peterson of his title and will await further medical reports before making their next move.