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My favourite game: Amir Khan shows his class to claim first world title | Jamie Jackson

The Bolton boy came of age by stripping Andreas Kotelnik of his light-welterweight title on a raucous night in Manchester

18 July, 2009: an ecstatic Amir Khan claims his maiden world title, five years after the boy from Bolton lost the Olympic lightweight final to the great Cuban amateur Mario Cesar Kindelán.

The crown Khan won at Manchester’s MEN Arena was Andreas Kotelnik’s WBA light-welterweight title and the abiding memory is the vividness of a hot midsummer evening. Boxing crowds can be too easily filed alongside football fans. There are similarities but there is a particular noise and vibe that rattles the rafters and tightens the arena into a bear pit which is off-kilter and intoxicating.

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