x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Khan's title fight against Kotelnik in jeopardy

Amir Khan's first attempt at a world title could be postponed because the Ukrainian WBA world light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik has a tooth infection.

LONDON // Amir Khan's first attempt at a world title could be postponed because the Ukrainian WBA world light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik has a tooth infection, Khan's promoters said. The fight is planned for June 27 in London but Kotelnik, 31, damaged a tooth while sparring and it has become infected. "We are just waiting to hear back from his promoters," a spokesman for Frank Warren, Khan's promoter said. "It's all a bit up in the air at the moment." The Briton Khan, the Olympic silver medallist at lightweight in 2004, has stepped up to light-welterweight for his first world title fight. His promoters said another opponent would be sought should Kotelnik be unable to fight. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto retained his WBO welterweight title with a gruelling split decision win over Joshua Clottey of Ghana at Madison Square Garden last night. Judges Don Trella and John McKaie scored the bout for Cotto, 116-111 and 115-112 respectively. Tom Miller scored the bout 114-113 for former IBF champion Clottey. *Reuters