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Khan in line for title shot - Schaefer

Amir Khan's reward for his dramatic points win over Julio Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield will be another world title fight before the end of the year, according to promoter Richard Schaefer.

Schaefer confirmed the Bolton man's unconvincing performance will not halt his route back onto the world title scene, with his next fight already tentatively scheduled for December. Khan got up from a fourth-round knockdown and was hurt on numerous occasions in what ought to have been a routine assignment against ex-world lightweight champion Diaz.

Despite his evident flaws Schaefer said he saw no reason why Khan could not plunge straight back in either for another light-welterweight title showdown or an ambitious move up to 147lbs to face Devon Alexander. Schaefer said: "I see two scenarios, both of them in December."

He continued: "One is fighting for the light-welterweight title and the other is if he decides to go up in weight and we will go straight for the world title.

"You can never say you were at a boring Amir Khan fight. People like to see excitement and this guy is always in an exciting fight."

Khan conceded he had "little things" to work on but said he was broadly satisfied with his performance.

Khan said: "Diaz is a tough guy and he has been in many world title fights. It was a great performance from Julio but I listened to my corner and we got the win."

Regarding the knockdown, Khan added: "I was off balance but I got back up and got my game-plan back.

"I still have little things to work on back in the gym. I give a lot of credit to Julio who came to fight - that's why he's a two-time world champion.

"Fighting at home was great and I would love to keep coming back here to fight. But almost all the world champions are from America so we will have to see what they want to do."

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