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Khan claims world light-welterweight title

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  • Amir Khan claims the WBA light-welterweight world title with a points decision
  • 22-year-old Briton beats defending champion Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester
  • Khan's first world title comes just 10 months after his loss to Breidis Prescott
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(CNN) -- Briton Amir Khan has taken the WBA light-welterweight world title after out- pointing defending champion Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester on Saturday night.

Khan is a world champion for the first time after his impressive victory over Andreas Kotelnik.

Khan is a world champion for the first time after his impressive victory over Andreas Kotelnik.

The 22-year-old, whose title hopes looked a world away when he was knocked out by unknown Colombian Breidis Prescott 10 months ago, dominated the Ukrainian from start to finish with impressive combinations and footwork, even answering some questions about his chin along the way.

The victory completes a superb turnaround after Khan's title dreams appeared to be shattered in the same city when he was beaten by Prescott in one of the biggest shocks in British boxing history.

But the 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist switched trainers and then went on to defeat the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera in March before going on to claim his first world title with scores of 120-108 and 118-111 twice.

Khan later thanked trainer Freddie Roach and Filipino Manny Pacquiao for providing him with the inspiration to clinch his first title.

"It's the best feeling ever. First of all I wanna thank God, thank my mum and dad and thank Freddie Roach for making this happen," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"Without the team I've got it wouldn't have happened. Roach was very crucial. I listened to him and also Manny Pacquiao, what a great inspiration he is for making me win this fight - the sparring with him, the working out - just talking to Manny Pacquiao took me to a different level," added Khan.

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