NEW YORK - Junior welterweight WBA champion Amir Khan has been granted a visa and will be allowed to fight in the United States for the first time against Paulie Malignaggi on May 15.
Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions told Associated Press that he received an e-mail notifying him that Khan's visa application had been approved.
Khan is a Brit of Pakistani descent.
The Khan-Malignaggi bout headlines a card from the smaller theatre at Madison Square Garden. Victor Ortiz and Nate Campbell are scheduled to fight on the undercard, along with Breidis Prescott, the only person to beat Khan in 23 fights.
l Antonio Margarito won a unanimous decision over fellow-Mexican Roberto Garcia on Saturday in his first fight after an absence of more than 15 months following a one-year suspension.
Margartio outclassed Garcia, who absorbed most of the punishment and was knocked down by a right-left-right combination in the first round of the 10-round bout.
Margartio improved to 38-6 with 27 KOs. Garcia fell to 28-3 with 21 KOs.
Margarito used his longer arms to fend off the 30-year-old Garcia, who lacked the quickness needed to overcome his opponent's reach advantage and boxing savvy.