Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/18/14

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Amir Khan prepares to take on Andreas Kotelnik for the WBA Light Welterweight Championship on July 18, 2009 at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)
The WBA is reinstating British boxer Amir Khan as its junior welterweight champion, just in time for a 140-pound unification bout this weekend in Las Vegas with WBC champion Danny Garcia. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said he learned Wednesday that Saturday's Khan-Garcia matchup at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be a WBA-WBC unification fight. The WBA announced Wednesday that Khan was being given back the crown he lost to Lamont Peterson in a disputed split decision last December in Washington, D.C. Peterson later failed a doping test and a May rematch against Khan in Las Vegas was canceled. Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer, who represents Khan, did not immediately respond Wednesday to a message from The Associated Press.
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