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Amir Khan had to pick himself up off the floor before successfully defending his Commonwealth lightweight title with a fifth round stoppage of Michael Gomez at the National Indoor Arena here Saturday.

Victory meant Khan had won all 18 of his fights since turning professional after winning a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

But Khan, having knocked Gomez down in the first round, was on the canvas himself early in the second and this fierce yet brief contest suggested the British rising star was still some way off fighting for a world title.

Khan agreed he'd made errors on the way to his latest victory, telling ITV: "I got caught with a left hook and I dropped my hands but I didn't make that same mistake again.

"It was one of those flash knockdowns but I got straight back up.

"This was one of my toughest fights but I learned from my mistakes. I will watch the video and work on them and continue my journey to the world title."

Gomez said of his compatriot: "He is a world class fighter with world class vulnerabilities but his hand speed beat me.

"I don't think I performed too well in the biggest chance of my life."

Khan, 21, dominated the first round and landed a powerful right uppercut before a combination of punches floored Gomez who, when he got back up, was then hit by a series of heavy blows.

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