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Khan ready for 'electric' showdown; BOXING.

AMIR Khan has confidently predicted his American debut at New York's Madison Square Garden against Paulie Malignaggi on May 15 will be "electric."

The WBA light-welterweight title defence is Khan's first since joining Golden Boy promotions after his split from Frank Warren.

The 23-year-old Bolton boxer - a silver medalist at the Athens Olympics in 2004 - is in no doubt the match-up against Malignaggi, who has rediscovered some form since he was beaten by Ricky Hatton during November 2008, will be a night to remember.

"I will have a real test ahead of me on my American debut at Madison Square Garden, which is the Mecca of boxing," said Khan, speaking at a press conference in London's Leicester Square to officially announce the fight.

"I have fought there before as an amateur, but to fight there as a professional is a whole different ball game.

"I have a new deal now with Golden Boy Promotions, and they are going to get me the big fights, so I am looking at a bright future.

"I will start working with Freddie Roach at our training camp on Tuesday.

"We have watched a lot of tapes of Paulie, and we really think it is a style we can beat - with my style and his style, it is going to be electric.

"We both have heart and just don't quit."

Khan defeated Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera in March last year, before stepping up a weight and claiming the WBA light-welterweight crown with victory over Andreas Kotelnik. He then went on to destroy Dmitriy Salita in just 76 seconds in a mandatory title defence in Newcastle last December.
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Date:Mar 13, 2010
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