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Wladimir Klitschko appoints Johnathon Banks as trainer

Heavyweight champ Klitschko appoints Banks as full-time trainer after death of Steward



23:54 GMT, 7 November 2012

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed the appointment of Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer following the death of Emanuel Steward last month.

Klitschko, who is preparing to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against unbeaten Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday, had been training with Steward's former assistant Banks since Steward was taken ill in September.

There had been much speculation over Klitschko's move to replace Steward given that Banks, 30, is six years Klitschko's junior and is still an active heavyweight fighter himself.

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

New man in: Wladimir Klitschko (left) has appointed a new trainer after the death of Emmanuel Steward

Klitschko said: 'I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks. He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.

'Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well.

'We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight.'

Banks, who has won 30 of his 32 professional contests and is due to fight in Atlantic City on November 17 against Seth Mitchell, said he is keen to make the most of a unique situation.

Banks said: 'It's an amazing situation on both sides but I don't feel any extra pressure. It's not like I'm training a guy for a golf tournament. I'm with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too.'

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

You're up: Klitschko poses head to head with Mariusz Wach ahead of their bout

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Moving on: Steward died, aged 68, last month

Mark Hughes confident QPR will get first win soon

Hughes: My stars will soon shine and QPR will rise from the bottom



23:03 GMT, 26 October 2012

Mark Hughes is unwavering in his belief that QPR will soon get their first win of the season and climb off the foot of the table – because of the star players at his disposal.

QPR find themselves bottom of the table with three draws and five defeats so far this season. Hughes insisted yesterday that only the home losses to Swansea and West Ham were not in the plans the club made in the summer.

He has come under pressure after brining in the star names from Champions League sides including Ji-Sung Park from Manchester United, Esteban Granero from Real Madrid and Julio Cesar from Inter Milan and not delivering on the pitch. But it is because of those players that Hughes is confident that points are not far off.

The only way is up: Mark Hughes says his team will rise up the table

The only way is up: Mark Hughes says his team will rise up the table

The 48-year-old said: 'That was one of the reasons I bought [Granero] and the likes of Julio Cesar and Ji-Sung Park because they've got a different mentality, a winner's mentality.

'And that has to come to the fore. We will turn this around because of the players I have in my group but we have to get the first win under our belts and that will calm everything down and then we can build from there. The longer it goes on we put ourselves under pressure.

New boy: Esteban Granero was signed by Hughes from Real Madrid

New boy: Esteban Granero was signed by Hughes from Real Madrid

'We know we can go up against good teams and give a real good account of ourselves and really compete. I know I have got a better team technically and ability wide than last year and I won games last year. So that’s the reason I know I will win games this year.'

Between them the trio have won 24 trophies at club level spanning six countries – so they are not used to scrapping at the bottom end of the table

But Hughes added: 'It's a different situation for them. But when you speak to them they're really enjoying the emotions that they're feeling and the challenge they have.

That's the reason they've come here. They knew they were coming to a club that wasn't going to be winning week in week out. Which is what they're used to. That's one of the reasons they've come here because they want that challenge they want a different stimulus and that's what they're getting, certainly.'

Carl Froch reveals he would have retired had he lost to Lucian Bute

Devastating Froch reveals he would have retired had he lost title fight to Bute



02:05 GMT, 27 May 2012

Carl Froch delivered a performance of devastating brutality to snatch Lucian Bute's IBF super-middleweight title before revealing he had considered retiring after losing his previous fight.

The popular Nottingham 34-year-old was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest with unbeaten Romanian Bute, who was making a rare foray outside of his Canadian stronghold.

One way traffic: Froch battered Bute

One way traffic: Froch battered Bute

But Froch proved emphatically that defeat by Andre Ward last time out was by no means the beginning of the end for him, stopping the stunned Bute in the fifth round to add the IBF crown to the WBC belt he held twice in the past.

Froch, whose record read 28-2 with 20 early wins coming into the fight, admitted in the build-up to the contest that he had much to prove after losing to Ward in the Super Six tournament final in America before Christmas.

He was at least able to rely on home support for the first time in three years after a daunting run of fights on foreign soil while Bute, 30-0 with 24 knockouts before the fight, also wanted to answer his critics who questioned his unblemished but untested record.

'My decade of training as a professional with my trainer Robert McCracken has come together tonight and it had to, because after the devastating defeat to Andre Ward I was left questioning my future in the sport,' he revealed.

'The desire has never been in question because I've always wanted to win the four belts and become a legend and remain at the top of the game until I get sick of it.

Class act: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate

Class act: Froch and girlfriend Rachael Cordingley celebrate

'I'm not sick of it yet. I still love boxing, I still love getting up in the morning and running, I love seeing my body change over the training camp. All that tonight has been brought to a head with this win.

'A lot of people, who are entitled to their opinion, had a lot to say. There's been a lot of negativity floating around but that drives me on and fuels me.

'But I did this tonight for myself. Because if I didn't win tonight, I would have been left questioning my future in the sport.

'I may have even thought about announcing my retirement. But I'm so far from that after that performance because it was so clinical and devastating.

'I felt so strong and fit, I felt like I turned back time. I knew it was do or die tonight. I knew that if I couldn't perform at this level any more then I don't want to go back to fighting for British and Commonwealth titles.

'But that was the very best of me tonight and there's a lot more to come in the future.'

Amir Khan to fight on July 7

Khan to make ring return in July following postponement of Peterson rematch



20:32 GMT, 21 May 2012

Amir Khan is seeking an opponent after announcing he will fight in Anaheim, California, on July 7 following the cancellation of his rematch against drug cheat Lamont Peterson.

Mexican veteran Erik Morales, who has won world titles at four different weights, is one possibility.

In training: British star Amir Khan will fight on July 7 in Anaheim, California

In training: British star Amir Khan will fight on July 7 in Anaheim, California

Khan, 25, had hoped to win back his IBF and WBA light-welterweight belts against Peterson in Las Vegas last weekend but the bout was called off after the American tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Khan is still waiting to hear whether his titles will be handed back after Peterson’s failed drugs test or whether he will have to fight for the vacant belts.

Amir Khan blasts "cheat" Lamont Peterson

Cheat! Khan blasts Peterson over drug use and reveals 'hurt' at scrapped rematch



08:47 GMT, 10 May 2012

Amir Khan has spoken of his hurt and disappointment following the cancellation of his world light-welterweight title rematch against Lamont Peterson.

Khan said the American champion's failed drugs test proves he was 'a cheat'.

It emerged earlier this week that Peterson, who controversially beat Khan in December to capture the Bolton fighter's WBA and IBF titles, had tested positive for a banned steroid. The news cast doubt over the pair's May 19 rematch in Las Vegas.

In shape: Amir Khan posted this picture on Twitter after the news broke

In shape: Amir Khan posted this picture on Twitter after the news broke

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Khan said: 'First of all I'm disappointed because I trained very hard for this fight.

was only 10 days away from the fight where my dad came knocking on my
bedroom door and said to me “look, Lamont Peterson's failed his drug
test and the fight's no longer going to happen”.

was a big shock for me. My head was all over the place, I really,
really wanted to win my titles back and have the fight. But the truth's
come out now and it just proves that Lamont Peterson was a cheat really.

hurt me more than anything because I really did want to go in there and
put on a performance and show the world how good Amir Khan is.'

It's off: Khan's rematch with Peterson has been cancelled

It's off: Amir Khan's rematch with Lamont Peterson has been cancelled

Asked about how he can get his belts
back, Khan said: 'The Nevada Commission have taken the licence off
Lamont Peterson and they don't want him to fight in the next fight, so I
think whoever I fight next they'll put the titles on the line or we
still go through the process and we might get the titles back and the
fight that we had last time will be a no-contest.'

Khan is now looking to get back in
the ring this summer, he said: 'I'm looking at fighting June 30. I'm in
great shape now. I was looking forward to fighting next week. I'm
already at the right weight and it was a tough tough training camp.

was so fit and looking forward to this fight. I wanted this fight even
when I heard he failed his drugs test, I did everything to get the fight
on, but my parents and my team said to me “look, at the end of the day
Amir, it could be a risk to your life. It's not going to be fair to step
into the ring with someone who is gonna to be on drugs and gonna be

'The next fight
for me will be June, July. I've got a meeting with Golden Boy Promotions
over the next few days and hopefully we'll set a date.'

Controversy: The first fight was dogged by the 'man in the hat' row

Controversy: The first fight was dogged by the 'man in the hat' row

British boxing was left reeling from
another day of sensational developments on both sides of the Atlantic,
which ended with the cancellation of Khan’s rematch with Peterson.

Peterson made the shocking admission he was a drug cheat.

He admitted having a pellet of synthetic testosterone inserted in his hip before their first fight in December.

On Wednesday night, their bout in Las Vegas a week on Saturday was cancelled.

Peterson’s admission that he used the drugs before and during the Khan fight came after he failed a dope test in March.

Nevada State Athletic Commission
executive director Keith Kizer earlier revealed he intended to advise
his board to refuse Peterson a licence to fight Khan, with the result of
their earlier meeting certain to be annulled.

No go: Peterson and Khan will not be fighting in Las Vegas

No go: Peterson and Khan will not be fighting in Las Vegas after all

took to Twitter just before midnight on Wednesday to announce the bout
would not go ahead – and laid the blame solely at Peterson's door.

He posted: 'The fight is off! sorry
everyone the only person to blame is @kingpete26 I'll be looking for a
opponent to fight June 30th.'

Despite Peterson's apparent
admission, publicist Andre Johnson insisted the 28-year-old had done
nothing wrong and would fight to clear his name.

told Sky Sports News: 'Lamont Peterson has been boxing for 18 years. In
18 years, barring this incident, he's never tested positive for
anything – and after this incident. Three other tests were taken that he
tested negative for.

'We're going to get to the bottom of
this and do everything in our power to clear Lamont's name. Lamont will
be fighting very soon.

'We're extremely disappointed. We wanted to make this fight happen. We're sorry it didn't happen.

You cheat: Khan has slammed his rival over the collapse of their rematch

You cheat: Khan has slammed his rival over the collapse of their rematch

is not a cheat. He is not a steroid abuser. There's no evidence of
anabolic steroid abuse in his body or in his system. The doctor that saw
him in Nevada determined he has low testosterone levels. There's no way
a guy with his type of level can test positive for an anabolic steroid
that is testosterone-based.'

He added: 'Lamont did nothing wrong. He's not a doper. He's not a cheater.

'He's distraught. He wanted to clear his name and do what he was born to do – fight.

'Mark my words: Lamont Peterson is a man of tremendous character – he's a fighter. We will fight to get the truth.'

On the possibility of a future
rematch against Khan, Johnson said: 'We would love to fight Amir Khan
again. That's going to be up to Amir Khan.

Seeing the sights: Khan watched the LA Lakers play the Denver Nuggets earlier this week

Seeing the sights: Khan watched LA Lakers play Denver Nuggets this week

'We don't have a problem. We would
love to make it happen. That's why he accepted the opportunity to fight
him this time – because the fans wanted it.'

Khan's American promoter Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy, announced earlier this week that Peterson tested positive for a banned steroid, raising questions over whether the Mandalay Bay showdown would go ahead as the Nevada State Athletic Commission considered whether to grant him a licence.

Khan's team seemed open to the bout going ahead but remained cautious, insisting earlier in the week that the fight was still on for the time being, before the British fighter began making ominous comments on Twitter on Wednesday night.

'We are waiting now on the Vegas Commission, to make a final decision,' he posted.

'Petersons camp admitted they took he took the testosterone before the first fight.

Face to face: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora are due to fight in July

Face to face: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora are due to fight in July

'I've worked so hard since the age of
8 to achieve my goals and dreams in the sport and Boxing is a dangerous
sport a toe to toe battle someone can seriously get hurt especially
with an unfair Disadvantage, we need to put a stop to this, I still
believe they are my belts, I want to thank everyone for their support.

'Let's hope the right thing will be done!'

He then tweeted that the fight was off, with a Golden Boy spokesperson confirming the news.

At home, the British Boxing Board of
Control moved to counter the controversial heavyweight clash between
David Haye and Dereck Chisora at Upton Park on July 14, warning that
anyone involved in the promotion will lose their licences.

Haye and Chisora, who clashed at a
press conference in Munich in February, will fight after Frank Warren
obtained a licence from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation to stage the
bout, described as a ‘freak show’ by world champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Tim Krul out to crush Stoke and Wigan to reach Champions League

Be Krul! We won't deserve Champions League if we can't beat Stoke and Wigan, says Newcastle keeper

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Euro vision: Tim Krul and Newcastle are within sight of the Champions League

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However, while title-chasing Manchester City and FA Cup finalists Chelsea may yet stand between Alan Pardew's men and their dreams, Krul insists that victory over Stoke this Saturday and resurgent Wigan, who have beaten leaders Manchester United and Arsenal in their last two games, at the DW Stadium a week later will be equally important.

The 24-year-old Holland international told the Journal: 'What an opportunity we have got. Things are going great at the moment.

'I have been saying for years that I think Newcastle are a top-six side and maybe people didn't see it. But now we are there, and hopefully we can stay there.

'Liverpool's win was great news for us and it is huge for the club to be back in Europe.

Form team: Wigan have beaten Man United and Arsenal in their last two games

Form team: Wigan have beaten Man United and Arsenal in their last two games

'We are up there, but if you don't win against Stoke and Wigan, you don't deserve to be up there. We will look at the next two games and hope that we get the results that we need.

'Our attitude is that if we can't beat Stoke, we don't deserve to get into the Champions League.

'We just need to keep the pressure on the top teams. Stoke at home and Wigan away are massive games for us.'

Newcastle will head into the Stoke game on the back of five successive league victories and with a comprehensive 3-1 win at the Britannia Stadium in October, courtesy of a Demba Ba hat-trick, already under their belts.


Kell Brook confident of beatnig Matthew Hatton

Brook promises explosive fight as Britain's next star gears up for Hatton war


11:25 GMT, 17 March 2012



11:25 GMT, 17 March 2012

Kell Brook has vowed to thrive on the pressure of topping the bill in front of 10,000 fans when he fights Matthew Hatton in his home city of Sheffield tonight.

The unbeaten Yorkshireman takes on Manchester veteran Hatton in an intriguing welterweight battle at the Steel City's Motorpoint Arena.

Brook admits he is taking a risk by facing such a dangerous opponent when he is so close to a world title opportunity, having revealed he took a fight with Hatton rather than push on with negotiations for a shot at one of the major belts.

War of the Roses: Kell Brook (right) and Matthew Hatton face off at the weigh-in

War of the Roses: Kell Brook (right) and Matthew Hatton face off at the weigh-in

However, the 25-year-old insists it is a risk worth taking should he deliver on his promise to 'smash' Hatton and make a statement against a fighter respected across the world.

Brook, who has attracted a crowd of nearly 10,000 to his hometown venue, said: 'There's pressure on me now because of all the tickets I've sold and the profile of the fight.

'But I thrive on that pressure. It's going to be a proper fight that lives up to the hype and the expectation levels.

'They've called it 'War of the Roses' and, believe you me, we're going to get in there and have one hell of a fight.

'When all's said and done you're going to see an explosive fight.

War of the Roses: Kell Brook (right) and Matthew Hatton face off at the weigh-in

War of the Roses: Kell Brook (right) and Matthew Hatton face off at the weigh-in

'It's a risk because we didn't need to take this fight but I wanted it. It's captured the public's imagination, it's been on the horizon for years and we've finally got it on.'

Brook (26-0, 18KOs) added: 'We've sold around 10,000 tickets for this and you start wondering how much demand there would be to see a world title fight in Sheffield.'

Brook will start as the heavy favourite with bookmakers pricing Hatton as generously as 6-1. Hatton (42-5-2, 16KOs) has concealed any irritation at being regarded as such a glaring underdog.

'All the pressure is on Kell, going into this fight,' he said. 'He's the man fighting at home, he's the favourite to win, and he puts even more pressure on himself by making comments like he's been making, about 'smashing me' et cetera.

On the rise: Brook is seen by many as Britain's next world champion

On the rise: Brook is seen by many as Britain's next world champion

'There's no pressure on me. Talk is cheap, and I'll do my talking on Saturday night. He's been making a lot of big noises and he's got to back it up now.

'I don't dislike Kell Brook. He's just in the way of what I want to achieve in the sport in order to provide myself and my family with a better life.

'He'll just be brushed aside on Saturday night. It's not personal.'

On the undercard in South Yorkshire, exciting super-bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton, from Belfast, defends his Commonwealth crown against Prosper Ankrah, while Surrey-based Pole Grzegorz Proksa defends his European middleweight title against Wales' Kerry Hope.

Amir Khan should avoid Floyd Mayweather says Ricky Hatton

Stay away from Floyd! Hatton warns Khan over potential Mayweather clash

Ricky Hatton has advised dethroned champion Amir Khan to swerve a fight with Floyd Mayweather this year.

Khan is keen to meet Mayweather despite losing his WBA and IBF light welterweight belts to Lamont Peterson in a controversial bout in Washington last month.

But retired double-weight champion Hatton, who suffered one of his two defeats against Mayweather in 2007, believes Khan would be better served to restore his reputation before taking on the man who is regarded by many as the best fighter on the planet.

Down and out: Amir Khan lost his titles to Lamont Peterson in December

Down and out: Amir Khan lost his titles to Lamont Peterson in December

'I think a Mayweather fight would be too soon for Amir,' he told the Star on Sunday. 'He is just coming off a defeat and does he really want to fight the No 1 fighter right now or later this year

'I think Amir needs two or three fights to get himself re-established and get his confidence back. Then maybe he'll fight the winner of (Manny) Pacquiao and Mayweather next year.

Champ: Floyd Mayweather knocked out Ricky Hatton in the 10th round

Champ: Floyd Mayweather knocked out Ricky Hatton in the 10th round

'If Amir could put in a good performance against Peterson he will improve his position when he sits down at the negotiating table.'

Mayweather is currently trying to secure a May 5 fight with Pacquiao, Khan`s training partner, to determine who is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Amir Khan withdraws Lamont Peterson appeal

Has Peterson agreed a rematch Khan drops appeal into controversial title defeat

Amir Khan has dramatically withdrawn his appeal against his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson — with a rematch appearing to have been agreed between their two camps.

The International Boxing Federation announced just hours before the hearing was scheduled to start in Newark, New Jersey that Khan’s team, Golden Boy Promotions, had changed their minds without giving a reason.

Khan had not given any clues a short time before as he arrived in the US, confirming via Twitter: ‘Landed safe and sound to New York.’

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

Blow: Amir Khan (left) was beaten by Lamont Peterson in Washington

In losing to Peterson, Khan relinquished both his IBF and WBA belts, but the WBA last week ordered a rematch to take place within 180 days after Khan’s claims of wrongdoing at ringside in Washington on December 10.

An IBF statement said: 'The hearing that was scheduled for
Wednesday has been cancelled. We have not received any further
information on this decision by Golden Boy Promotions.'

Khan complained to both the WBA and
IBF after losing his light-welterweight titles to Peterson in the
American's native Washington on December 10.

He highlighted several grievances,
chiefly referee Joe Cooper's deduction of two points, the judges'
scoring of the bout and the unexplained presence of 'mystery man'
Mustafa Ameen at ringside.

Khan, along with father Shah and
business manager Asif Vali, flew from Britain to the United States ahead of the hearing in Newark, New Jersey.

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

Mystery: The IBF were going to look at the role played by Mustafa Ameen (left)

Khan's team has demanded answers to a
number of questions – not least what role Ameen played when interacting
with ringside officials.

One possible explanation for the withdrawal of the appeal could be that Golden Boy and Peterson's team have come to an agreement over a rematch between themselves.

That, however, would not explain why Khan's team are remaining silent on the matter. Neither they nor Golden Boy Promotions were answering calls on Tuesday night.

So-called 'mystery man' Ameen was due to speak at the hearing. However, arguably the most credible witness was not due to be present in Newark, New Jersey, with the IBF confirming that Welsh was not going to be there to explain what Ameen was doing or saying, because he is a representative of another governing body and therefore not answerable to them.

Amir Khan: WBA to investigate mystery man at ringside

WBA to investigate Khan's controversial defeat and 'unknown' mystery man at ringside

Amir Khan's fears that a mystery man interfered with the scoring during his clash with Lamont Peterson last month will be examined by the WBA.

Khan lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight title belts to Peterson on points in Washington, after the Briton was deducted two points for pushing.

But subsequent viewing of the fight revealed the appearance of a mystery man at ringside and the evidence will now be examined by the WBA and the Washington Boxing Commission.

Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the vice-president of the World Boxing Association, says the unidentified man accused byKhan of interfering with the judges during his defeat to Lamont Peterson last month is 'unknown' to the organisation.

Controversial: Khan lost his clash with Peterson on points last month

Controversial: Khan lost his clash with Peterson on points last month

Mendoza confirmed that the WBA are
investigating Khan's comments, and insisted the man shown in the images
is not known by the governing body.
'I am going over the facts but this man is also unknown to us,' he said.

Many pundits and fans questioned the judging after the fight, and Khan lodged an appeal.

The 26-year-old took to Twitter to
send out a number of images of the fight and was particularly concerned
with the appearance a man wearing a hat at ringside.

Here is the full list of Amir Khan's Tweets sent on Thursday afternoon:

'hey tweeps, i want to share with my fans the latest on the peterson fight situation, the truth is finaly coming out slowly but surely'

'i knew there was something dodgey with the scoring, forget about the fight and the ref for now, im my own biggest critic i know what'

'i done right and wrong, very close fight Peterson fought great but i still believe i won by 1 or 2 rounds, i aint whining or complaing'

'ther has been some crazy judging in 2011 n i want 2 put a stop to it'

'if I lost fair and square then fair enough I've lost n I move on, but does it really take over 10 minutes from the final bell to decide who's won we've filed an appeal through and we should get a decision from the WBA and the IBF within the next 2 weeks'

'I'm angry as I want the rematch next to put things straight but it doesn't look like he wants it'

'watch the fight from 9.10 seconds of this video ther is a guy wearing a grey suit with a blue shirt wearing a hat'

'Sat on the main judges panel at the front on the right hand side 3rd to the end'

Amir Khan

'No1 knows who this guy is and he is now bieng asked to move by Michael Walsh who is the main supervisor for the wba as he should be sat there'

Amir Khan

'He now gets a chair and sits slightly infront of @OscarDeLaHoya and my father'

Amir Khan

'At the beginning of round 2 he manages to squeeze in at the front again sat next to Michael Walsh'

Amir Khan

'Now the IBF and the WBA have still not confirmed who this guy is till this date and what he was doing there.. Now the interesting part'

'I watched the whole fight again this time just concentrating on this guy wearing the hat, thanks to allot of friends and boxing experts who pointed this out to me'

'Now this guy doesn't do anything apart from watching the fight but that's only until round 6 when he starts to interfere!'

'From round 6 all the way through to round 12 this guy starts to interfere with what Michael Walsh is doing and they are both not watching the fight, watch the video and have a look for yourselfs'

'This is what I meant on how he was interfeering, as no one is allowed according to the rules to touch hold the scorescards or even talk to the judges n commision during the fight'

Amir Khan

'There are 3 judges in a fight n all have different colour slips, n at the end of evry round thy get passed on to the wba ibf n dc commision'

'This pic shows here in round 6 the guy wearing the hat clearing picks up one of the judges white slips n if you watch the video slides it down and towards him'

Amir Khan

'Another pic of the guy wearing the hat interfering different camera angle'

Amir Khan

'And this guy doese it again at the beginning of round 7, n carries on throughout all the way to the end of the fight wtf'

Amir Khan

'Again in round 8 and round 9, cleary not watching the fight at all and not allowing Michael Walsh to watch too'

Amir Khan

'This time in round 11 he's seen here clearly picking up a yellow judges slip.. Strictly againts the rules'

Amir Khan

'I've read in some articles and people have also told me that after the fight Michael Walsh the guy in the red tie apparently said his score
cards didn't match up to the others, it wasn't fair and he looked really
scared and he was told to butt out and there was nothing he could do..
Since then no one has heard from him'

'I want Michael Walsh to come out and speak out about what was going on, its only right and fair to do so'

'Heres a Close up pic The question is.. Who is this guy And what was he doing I'm sure someone outthere knows'

Amir Khan

Amir Khan

'watch here for yourselfs round 6-12 will be interesting if we finally get our answer'

Khan's business manager Asif Vali has backed up his fighter's concerns about the man's ringside actions.

'This individual came in round one, snuck in in front of myself and Amir's father, Shah, sat in and then pulled a chair straight up to the table,' Vali told Sky Sports News.

'We don't know who the official is. We've asked the question, we've written to Washington DC and we're still waiting for their response, and we've written to the IBF and they've still not responded.

'You can see clearly on the pictures that he's handling the slips in between rounds and he's talking and liaising with the WBA official.

'He identified himself as an IBF official. Now there was no seat on the top table for this individual – we already had a designated seat for an IBF official which was taken up, and we don't know who this guy is.'

Vali claimed that WBA official Welsh appeared to be 'frightened' by the presence of the individual.

'The conversation between the WBA official and this individual seems to be ongoing at all times,' he said. 'We've not heard or seen of Michael Welsh since the fight. Golden Boy Promotions [Khan's US-based promoter] have tried to get some answers from the WBA.

'He [Welsh] looked frightened, as Richard Schaefer [head of Golden Boy Promotions] had said previously within our conference call, and we just want some answers about what was he frightened for.

'It could be nothing at all, it could be very legitimate; we're just asking for the answers.

Packing a punch: Peteson and Khan do battle in Washington last month

Packing a punch: Peteson and Khan do battle in Washington last month

'There's obviously something wrong there. If the answers are legitimate, fine, we'll accept them. If they're not legitimate, then we hope the rematch takes place, and if the rematch takes place, all this can be squashed.'
Asif Vali confirmed they have asked for explanations from the various governing bodies relating to a number of their concerns but have yet to receive answers.

On Friday, Vali added: 'There are four or five different things that require answers and my job is to ensure we get those answers.

'I want to know the reason this person sat there and what's going on. We did the table plan with Golden Boy Promotions and the WBA official was already in his seat and the IBF official was already in his seat, so who is this person What's he doing talking to the WBA Why is he handling the slips

'These are legitimate questions and if they give us sufficient reasons for it then I'll accept it. I want to see what the reasons are.

'We're not saying there is foul play involved in any way, shape or form. I just need the answers for the sequence of events that have taken place. Nothing else. I'm not accusing any of the bodies. Lamont Peterson is the champion and good luck to him for 2012. My job is to get these answers.'

The president of the WBA, Gilberto Mendoza, told the BBC that he is examining Khan's Twitter allegations and will make a response to the Briton's camp within the next 24 hours.