Amir Khan has been reinstated as the WBA light-welterweight champion as he prepares to meet the WBC title holder Danny Garcia in what is now a unification fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The Ring magazine belt will also be on the line as a consequence of Lamont Peterson, who robbed Khan of his title in controversial circumstances, admitting he used steroids before fighting the Briton in December and then failing a drugs test.
Khan told Sportsmail: ‘I’m honoured to get my WBA title back and to go into the ring as champion.
‘I’ve always wanted to fight for the WBC and Ring belts.’
Both the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation have taken their time considering what action to take.
Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer claimed recently the WBA had decided to strip Peterson of the belt and put it on the line, but the WBA, true to form, made no public statement.
However, they have gone a step further by not simply declaring the title vacant but, crucially, awarding it to Khan. Khan will receive the hollow title of ‘super champion’.
A statement from the WBA said: ‘The World Championships Committee of the World Boxing Association officially announced today its decision to reinstate the British boxer Amir Khan as Super Champion who may be able to unify title with Danny Garcia on Saturday July 14.
‘This decision was taken after the positive doping result of the American Lamont Peterson, confirmed by the medical experts.
The WBA rules that states that no boxer (who) has tested positively for prohibited substances can be rated (or) retain a title, or be permitted to fight in a sanctioned bout for a period of no less than six months from the date of the positive test.
‘Given the circumstances, Peterson’s status is champion in recess and it is subject to revision.’
Schaefer was also overjoyed at the WBA’s decision and hopes Khan will prove himself as the world’s best light-welterweight on Saturday.
‘I got confirmation today that the WBA have reinstated Amir Khan as their super champion and so he will go into the fight defending his title,’ Schaefer said.
‘Danny Garcia will be defending his WBA belt and we’ve just learnt that the Ring magazine are putting their belt on the line for the winner of this fight – all three belts will be on the line.
‘It’s great news. And it’s great news for both fighters as the winner of this fight will be recognised as the best 140-pounder in the world.’
Garcia, meanwhile, is just relishing the chance to defend the belt he won by dethroning Mexican legend Erik Morales.
‘It’s a dream come true,’ the Philadelphian said.
‘I’m enjoying every minute, from the press and media to meeting the fans and I’m ready to give them a great fight.
‘After winning the title you have to stay on top of your game because it’s hard to win but even harder to keep it. I’m ready to show the world who is best.’