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Amir Khan says his fight 'bigger than Haye v Chisora'

Amir Khan in training ahead of this weekend's fight Photo: Dave Thompson / PA Wire

Amir Khan says he's not worried that his world light-welterweight title bout with Danny Garcia may be overshadowed by the grudge match between David Haye and Dereck Chisora.

Khan's contest at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas this weekend falls on the same day as the two British heavyweight rivals settle their differences at Upton Park.

Haye and Chisora have grabbed their fair share of headlines in recent months after brawling in February following the latter's WBC title loss to Vitali Klitschko.

Khan is looking to bounce back from a controversial December defeat to Lamont Peterson, who tested positive for a banned substance shortly before the scheduled re-match.

But the Bolton fighter is unconcerned his thunder is being stolen, pointing to the fact that he is fighting for the WBC and WBA titles while the bout between Haye and Chisora, who has lost three of his last four fights, is merely for pride.

"People know the difference, especially boxing fans, they know my fight is a lot bigger because there's two world titles on the line," Khan told BBC Radio Five Live.

"David is a good friend of mine but the fight is not as big a fight. There are no world titles on the line and I don't think Chisora is a top-10 (fighter) in the world.

"The guy I'm fighting, Danny Garcia, is a top-10 in the world so it makes it more fun to watch for the fans."

The heavyweight contest has had its detractors since the pair began their feud.

Chisora had his licence suspended by the the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) after his actions in Munich, where he also slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in of their fight before spitting water at brother Wladimir shortly before the bout was set to commence.

The fight is therefore sanctioned by the little-known Luxembourg Boxing Federation.Khan, however, has few problems with the bout going ahead, believing that Chisora fighting in the ring will keep him in line outside it.

"At the end of the day, the Chisora fight against David, I think it's better for them to settle the score in the boxing ring than outside the boxing ring," Khan added.

"If you ban Chisora then Chisora will be on the streets without a boxing licence, and maybe he would have let his aggression out the wrong way. Now there's every chance to settle the score properly."

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