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Khan moves up a weight for title challenge

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  • Britain's Amir Khan will move up a weight to fight for world title for the first time
  • Khan takes on WBA light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik on June 27
  • Khan beat Marco Antonio Barrera last month to underline his title credentials
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(CNN) -- Britain's Amir Khan will move up a weight to fight for a world title for the first time later this year.

Amir Khan re-established himself as a world class fighter after victory over Barrera.

Amir Khan re-established himself as a world class fighter after victory over Barrera.

Khan, considered one of the hottest prospects in world boxing, will take on WBA light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik on June 27 at a British venue yet to be announced.

Former Olympic silver medallist Khan beat Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera last month to underline his title credentials.

Ukrainian fighter Kotelnik lives in Germany and won his world title by beating Khan's fellow-British fighter Gavin Rees in Cardiff last year. He has made two successful title defenses.

The 22-year-old Khan told Press Association that it was the "best news" he could have received and thanked his promoter Frank Warren for securing the title tilt.

"To fight for the world title in only my 22nd fight and at the age of just 22 is fantastic. Frank has done a great job getting the world title fight for me in Britain and now I have to go out and win it."

Khan came to public prominence with his silver medal in Athens at the tender age of 17. Upon turning professional he secured a series of knockout wins, but doubts about his ability to take a punch surfaced when he was stopped in just 54 seconds by Colombian Breidis Prescott last September.

His connections shrugged off the defeat and put him under the wing of veteran American trainer Freddie Roach. The move paid dividends when he stopped multi-world champion Barrera in five rounds last month, the bout taking place at lightweight.

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