Amir Khan reinstated as WBA jr. welterweight champ

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The WBA is reinstating British boxer Amir Khan as its junior welterweight champion, just in time for a unification bout this weekend in Las Vegas with WBC 140-pound 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.