Khan says beating Barrera was no sweat

BLOOD AND CUTS: Britain's Amir Khan, right, in action against Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera during a WBA International Lightweight Championship boxing fight at the MEN in Manchester, England,  on Saturday March 14, 2009. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE **
BLOOD AND CUTS: Britain's Amir Khan, right, in action against Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera during a WBA International Lightweight Championship boxing fight at the MEN in Manchester, England, on Saturday March 14, 2009. (AP Photo/PA, Peter Byrne) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT, NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE **

MANCHESTER - Amir Khan described the most significant victory of his career as "easy" after winning a fifth-round technical decision over Marco Antonio Barrera at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday.

MANCHESTER - Amir Khan described the most significant victory of his career as "easy" after winning a fifth-round technical decision over Marco Antonio Barrera at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday.

Former three division world champion Barrera was stopped on a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads and Khan was deemed the winner on all three of the judges' scorecards.

The English boxer left the ring with the World Boxing Association (WBA) International and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Inter-Continental lightweight belts, but put himself back into contention for more respected world titles after suffering his first professional defeat to Colombian Breidis Prescott in September.

But he displayed a tighter defence in a more controlled display than previous fights.

Khan won by two scores of 50-45 and one of 50-44 and the 2004 Olympic silver medallist claims he would have stopped Mexican Barrera if the bloody bout had been allowed to continue much longer.

"I know if he would have stayed in that fight another two rounds he would have got knocked out," Khan told a news conference after the fight. "I caught him with some clean shots and I won every round easy. It felt easy in there and I want to fight as soon as possibly now." - Sapa-AFP

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