NEWCASTLE (England) (AFP) Amir Khan regards a win over New Yorks Dmitriy Salita here on Saturday as his ticket to America as he tries to become as big a star in the States as he is in Britain and Asia. Khan makes the first defence of his World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight title against unbeaten Salita at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle but the plan is for future defences to take place on the other side of the Atlantic. The 22-year-old craves the big fights and big lights at the Las Vegas casinos and the increased global exposure - and income - that comes with them. Khans success in the ring since winning a silver medal aged 17 at the 2004 Olympics has made him Britains most recognisable young Muslim man, while in Pakistan, where both his parents were born, he is also well known. Now, Khan is determined to make his American debut next year should he overcome Salita. Khan already trains in Los Angeles at the gym of his trainer Freddie Roach. There, he works alongside Filipino Manny Pacquiao, pound-for-pound the worlds best boxer. Khan has been inspired by Pacquiao and has identified Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico, as an opponent he would like to meet next year. I need to win this fight and then follow my ambitions to fight in America, Khan told AFP. I train in America and people keep asking me when Im out there when Im going to be fighting there. Hopefully next year I will be fighting out there. My dream is to fight in the States and in Vegas. Im 23 next year and thats the right time to go there and fight. I dont want to go there too late. I want to go early and take it smoothly and pick the right fights. Salita is from New York, is well known in America and its a good opportunity to show American boxing fans how good I am. Juan Manuel Marquez would be a great fight for me in America. I think he is made for my style and I think if I beat him, it will make my name a lot bigger and people will start knowing who Amir Khan is in the States. One day I want to walk on the same path as Manny Pacquiao and other great fighters. I want to follow in Mannys footsteps. I watch what he does in the gym. Hes a southpaw but some things he does work for me, some things dont. He has got speed and good footwork so we do have similarities. To see the media around him and the exposure he gets has built up a hunger in me and I want to be in that position one day. But Salita, 27, who moved from Ukraine in his childhood, considers Khans punch resistance brittle. Khan has quickly rebuilt his career since being knocked out in the first round by Colombian Breidis Prescott in September 2008, but Salita sees a weakness. It is not a secret that his chin is not great, he said. Medically speaking theres no way that someone can recover from a devastating knockout that Amir suffered only a year ago. Its not just because of Prescott that hes vulnerable. He has been knocked down a whole bunch of other times. Prescott boxes Londoner Kevin Mitchell in an eliminator for the World Boxing Organisation lightweight title on the same bill. Former champion Bettini accused of tax fraud: Report Italian former world champion cyclist Paolo Bettini has allegedly defrauded the Italian taxman out of 11 million euros, news agency Ansa reported on Friday. Having spoken to financial police, the agency claimed the 35-year-old had tried to avoid paying taxes by falsely claiming to have relocated to the tax haven of Monaco. Bettini was twice crowned world champion in 2006 and 2007 and also picked up the Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004.