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Haroon Khan wins his debut fight

Younger Khan follows in Amir's footsteps by winning debut fight on points over Fidoe

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Martin Domin

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21:10 GMT, 27 April 2013

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08:49 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Haroon Khan's bid to follow in the footsteps of big brother Amir began seamlessly on Saturday night with a points victory over Brett Fidoe in Sheffield.

The 21-year-old made his professional debut just hours before his elder sibling's clash with Julio Diaz and never looked in serious trouble at the Motorpoint Arena.

Boxing at super flyweight, Khan was however too eager to impress at times – an accusation levelled at his brother throughout his career – but came through unscathed.

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Representing Pakistan, Khan won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and is now working under Salford-based trainer Oliver Harrison who guided Amir to a 17-fight undefeated professional career before their sudden split in 2008.

Fidoe, meanwhile, began his career with successive defeats at the tail end of last year before halting the slide with his sole victory to date in February.

Such was the ease with which he was expected to be deposed, the 22-year-old already had his next assignment lined up – against an unbeaten prospect in Manchester in just 13 days time.

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Making his debut six months after turning professional, Khan was afforded a warm welcome by the simmering crowd and he looked determined to give them something to cheer about from the first bell.

Abandoning his jab, he repeatedly attempted to land the overhand right, only for Fidoe to slip it with ease.

The few punches that did land came from Khan however and that pattern continued into the second session.

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

At the start of the third stanza, Khan threw an eye-catching three-punch combination and although the first two missed the target, the third, a left, landed flush.

He had further success when he switched downstairs to the body and had by this time built up a commanding lead.

To Fidoe's credit, he came out swinging for the final three minutes and deserved the consolation of winning the round only to be forced to share the spoils as the referee awarded Khan victory by 40 points to 37.

Amir Khan wants to promote Nicola Adams and Team GB boxing medalists – EXCLUSIVE

I'll make you a world champion! Khan wants to promote Britain's golden girl Adams

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16:23 GMT, 10 August 2012

EXCLUSIVE

Amir Khan wants to take gold medallist Nicola Adams under his wing after promising to make her a world champion.

The Leeds fighter made history at the ExCel Arena on Thursday when she was crowned the first ever female winner at the Olympics.

A silver medallist at the Athens Games in 2004, Khan lead the plaudits for the 28-year-old flyweight champion after her emphatic 16-7 final victory over China's world No 1 Ren Cancan.

Gold rush: Amir Khan wants to take Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams under his wing

Gold rush: Amir Khan wants to take Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams under his wing

And after obtaining a promoter's licence, the former world champion is keen to recruit Adams as his first marquee signing and help play a huge role in shaping the future of professional women's boxing.

'I'm happy to take Nicola under my wing. I will make her a world champion and she will make a lot of money,' said Khan, speaking to Sportsmail at his charity Olympics celebration event at Frost of London.

'Not many people know this but I own a promotion licence and what I want to do is start promoting more for girls.

‘I want to get kids of the street and get them to try out boxing and also take boxing to schools.'

Just as he influenced a host of the current crop of our Olympic medal hopefuls, Khan now believes Adams is the new torchbearer for inspiring the next generation and expects a surge in female participation.

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Future plans: Khan believes Adams can inspire more women to take up boxing after her success

'I read in an article that I inspired her and that made me incredibly happy. But she's a great fighter herself and she showed that she's going to be doing what I did in Athens and inspiring millions of young girls to get into boxing – even the guys.

'She's the face of British boxing for women. We've not had anyone like her for a long, long time.

'She's done it the proper way, winning a gold medal.

'Before you know it they'll be more weight categories introduced because they'll be so many looking to compete.'

Khan is confident that Adams has also battered any stigma attached to women's boxing, arguing that she is proof that the sport belongs to both genders.

He added: 'We have a gym in Bolton that not many people know much about and we get around 400-500 kids coming in every week. Of those at least 100 are girls. There are so many coming down to the gym we've had to put on two classes just for women. It's brilliant and I think it's only going to get better.

Girl power: Adams stunned China's Ren Cancan en route to winning her historic gold medal at the ExCel Centre on Thursday

Girl power: Adams stunned China's Ren Cancan (below) en route to winning her historic gold medal at the ExCel

Floored: Adams knocks Cancan to the canvas

'Maybe women didn't have the confidence before to get in the gym or never wanted the title to be a boxer. But I think now the way Nicola has proven everyone wrong and they'll be so many women taking part because it is a female sport too.'

Last month Khan suffered a shock defeat to Danny Garcia in Las Vegas to lose his WBA world light-welterweight title.

But true to his spirited character, he has refused to go into hiding and is plotting a return to the ring at the end of the year.

The Bolton fighter has been on the screens throughout the Games, watching most of the action from the Thames Docklands alongside a host of luminaries – including the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Khan kept an eye on Britain's three other leading medal contenders in action on Friday in middleweight Anthony Ogogo, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua and welterweight Freddie Evans – all of whom he is keen to promote after the Games.

Bright future: Khan is also keen to promote bronze medal-winning middleweight star Anthony Ogogo

Bright future: Khan is also keen to promote bronze medal-winning middleweight star Anthony Ogogo

'I want to start looking at talent and promoting fighters,' he said. 'Maybe Anthony Ogogo, Anthony Joshua and Freddie Evans.

'I think I can do a great job doing that because I've had a great career so far. I know exactly what mistakes are made and what can be improved, like a lot of things I should never have done.

'To all the Olympians, the one thing I can say to them is I've been there and I know how to take them from being a star to a superstar. It's not only that but it's about making money because boxing is a business.

Looking ahead: Khan plans to return to the ring in December after a short break from boxing

Looking ahead: Khan plans to return to the ring in December after a short break from boxing

'I know what it takes to help a girl like Nicola or all the British fighters or any professional to the top and keep them there. I've had a great relationship with all the belts and all the promoters. I've worked with most of the best promoters in the world.’

The future certainly looks bright for British boxing with Adams and co deservedly forging themselves as household names. And King Khan is determined to play his part to both in and outside the ring.

'I don't really need to go out and tell people what I can do for them because they should know that anyway,' he added. 'I don't think no other fighter has done what I've done.

'I can promise the fighters who want to come with me will be world champions quicker than any other.'

Amir Khan was in London to host a charity evening in aid of his Gloves Community Centre in Bolton.
The boxer was joined by friends at boutique jewellers Frost of London on New Bond Street.

London 2012 Olympics: Clare Balding is BBC"s best presenter – Mark Alford"s Goggle Eyes

Mark Alford's Goggle Eyes: Balding leads the way when comes to BBC anchors

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22:13 GMT, 8 August 2012

An emerging rule of these Games is that if Clare Balding’s anchoring an event, it must be important. Wednesday she brought her enthusiasm and knowledge to Greenwich for the showjumping. It’s between Clare and Gary Lineker for the Beeb’s best in show.

Magic moment

Pride of Yorkshire Nicola Adams, from Leeds, was interviewed after reaching today’s women’s flyweight boxing final. She melted hearts when she said: ‘All I want to do is make my mum proud.’

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Fight star: Nicola Adams beat India's Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte

Thumbs up for…

STAYING WITH BACKMARKERS: The director at the athletics resisted the urge to cut away from the action after the winners crossed the line in the 800 metres heats. Viewers saw three uplifting stories as a result. First, tearful Merve Aydin from Turkey hobbled home more than a minute after the field. Then Palestinian Woroud Sawalha, in a white hijab, ran a personal best time. And finally, Sarah Attar, the first Saudi woman to compete in athletics at the Olympics (left), trailed home. Top television.

Thumbs down for…

TALKING NOT SHOWING: Matt Baker was waxing lyrical about Flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland, who took gold on the high bar with an outrageous routine. The footage has become an internet sensation but the main BBC1 feed failed to show it at any point throughout the day.

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Gold: Epke Zonderland's routine became an internet sensation

Corner cam

Boxing coverage has rightly been criticised for not carrying on-screen scores during bouts — it still rankles! But praise is due for the camera and microphone bringing us the cornermen’s briefings between rounds. Fascinating stuff.

The Pundits' podium

GOLD: Andy Austin, showjumping: Same course, lots of different horses — it’s a tough job making it sound exciting but Austin and main commentator Mike Tucker do just that. Flawless.

SILVER: Brendan Foster, athletics: As passionate as ever. ‘Mo Farah, Olympic champion. I just love saying it,’ said Foster. We love hearing it, keep up the good work.

BRONZE: Jamie Staff, BMX: Impressed at the Velodrome but his ‘woop that time’ cry was a low point at the BMX track.

Jolly hockey sticks

The best thing on TV The thrilling women’s hockey semi-final penalty shootout in which Holland beat New Zealand. Each player was given eight seconds to beat the goalkeeper. Look and learn, football, this was proper drama.

London 2012 Olympics boxing: Nicola Adams guarantees bronze at least

Bronze guaranteed for Brit girl Adams as Ireland's Taylor ends Jonas' medal hopes

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Nicola Adams became the second Great Britain boxer after Luke Campbell to guarantee at least a bronze medal after a comprehensive 16-7 win over Stoyka Petrova in her women’s flyweight quarter-final at ExCeL.

The Leeds 29-year-old was simply too sharp for her Bulgarian opponent, wobbling Petrova with a short left and a right over the top in the first round, and again with a stabbing left in the second to lead 5-3 at the half-way stage.

Winning feeling: Nicola Adams (Blue) celebrates another medal in prospect for Great Britain after her win over Stoyka Petrova guaranteed a bronze at least

Winning feeling: Nicola Adams (Blue) celebrates another medal in prospect for Great Britain after her win over Stoyka Petrova guaranteed a bronze at least

Hit and miss: Adams lands a shot on Petrova, with the Bulgarian missing her jab

Hit and miss: Adams lands a shot on Petrova, with the Bulgarian missing her jab

The shorter Adams continued to do well with her countering lefts in the third, but Petrova, a former world quarter-finalist, was proving a difficult challenge as she pushed forward looking to land hooks with either hand.

Adams, however, was clearly more classy, pulling away to take a six-point lead into the final round and book at least bronze – and a titanic showdown with Indian sensation Mary Kom in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

Natasha Jonas put up a brave fight against Ireland’s seemingly invincible four-time world champion Katie Taylor before the Irishwoman’s power and accuracy saw her book at least a bronze with a clear 26-15 victory.

Red alert: Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor (red) lands a heavy blow on Natasha Jonas

Red alert: Ireland's four-time world champion Katie Taylor (red) lands a heavy blow on Natasha Jonas

Cheer we go: Favourite for the gold Taylor was roared on to victory by thousands of Irish fans

Cheer we go: Favourite for the gold Taylor was roared on to victory by thousands of Irish fans

Roared on by thousands of Irish supporters in an extraordinary atmosphere, Taylor set the pace right from the start, ramming home an early combination as Liverpool’s Jonas sought vainly to match her with counters.

A more even second saw Jonas have more success, rocking Taylor’s head back with a hard right but only incurring the wrath of the Irish fighter, who responded with a crisp combination as they reached half-way with Taylor in a 10-7 lead.

Taylor dominated the third, forcing Jonas to take a standing count from a hard right, as she moved 19-11 ahead, and Jonas took another count in the last as the imperious Taylor charged home to a thoroughly convincing win.

Johnny Tapia is dead

Boxing in mourning as former three-weight world champion Tapia is found dead

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09:43 GMT, 28 May 2012

Former three-weight world boxing champion Johnny Tapia has died at the age of 45.

Tapia's body was found in his Albuquerque, New Mexico, home on Sunday night and police spokesperson Robert Gibbs said there did not appear to be any suspicious circumstances.

My crazy life: Former world champion Johnny Tapia (left) has died

My crazy life: Former world champion Johnny Tapia (left) has died

Although a highly successful boxer, Tapia's life outside the ring was highly tumultuous – plagued by drug use, depression and brushes with the law.

His mother was murdered when he was eight, and his father was reportedly killed before the boxer was born.

No 1: Johnny Tapia

No 1: Johnny Tapia

He had the Spanish phrase 'mi vida loca' (my crazy life) tattooed on his stomach and went after his opponents in an all-action style.

Tapia turned professional in 1988 and after going unbeaten in his first 48 fights – claiming the WBO and IBF super flyweight titles plus the WBA bantamweight crown in the process – he was eventually defeated by Paulie Ayala in June 1999.

He won the IBF featherweight title in April 2002 with a majority decision victory over Manuel Medina but dropped a decision to Marco Antonio Barrera six months later and from there his career went slowly downhill.

His last fight came in June 2011 when he scored an eight-round decision over Mauricio Pastrana in his home town of Albuquerque, leaving him with a career record of 59 wins, five losses and two draws.

Sports pictures of the day: May 14

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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11:50 GMT, 14 May 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…


Aisen Chen and Huo Liang of China dive during the Synchronized Men's 10m Platform Final at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Aisen Chen and Huo Liang of China dive during the Synchronized Men's 10m Platform Final at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center

Miami Marlins player Emilio Bonifacio hits Giancario Stanton in the face with a shaving cream pie after Stanton hit the ninth-inning game-winning grand slam

Miami Marlins player Emilio Bonifacio hits Giancario Stanton in the face with a shaving cream pie after Stanton hit the ninth-inning game-winning grand slam

Filipino-American Brian Viloria (left) hits Mexican Omar Nino Romero during their WBO flyweight championship boxing fight in Pasig city

Filipino-American Brian Viloria (left) hits Mexican Omar Nino Romero during their WBO flyweight championship boxing fight in Pasig city

Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF holds up the La Liga trophy as he celebrates with team-mates after the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca

Iker Casillas of Real Madrid CF holds up the La Liga trophy as he celebrates with team-mates after the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca

Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill fights for a rebound with Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried during Game seven of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series

Los Angeles Lakers' Jordan Hill fights for a rebound with Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried during Game seven of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series

London Olympics 2012: Peter Waterfield"s podium place

London Olympics watch: Last dive seals podium place for Waterfield

Peter Waterfield, Tom Daley's synchro
partner, won a bronze in the individual 10 metres platform at the World
Cup in London's Olympic pool.

Both Waterfield and Daley have
suffered with injuries this winter but after qualifying only 16th for
the semis and ninth for the final he produced a remarkable final dive to
grab his first individual global podium place.

Podium place: Peter Waterfield with his bronze medal

Podium place: Peter Waterfield with his bronze medal

On the rise: Waterfield in the Men's 10m Platform Final

On the rise: Waterfield in the Men's 10m Platform Final

On the rise: Waterfield goes through his routine in the Men's 10m Platform Final

Performance director Alexei Evangulov and head of British Swimming David Sparkes have both criticised Daley for being distracted by media work, a problem Waterfield does not have.

The two divers get a short break now before continuing on the world circuit, heading to Dubai, China, Moscow and Mexico.

The crunch comes in Sheffield at the British trials in June.

Ennis to get Russian test

Jessica Ennis will defend her world indoor pentathlon title in Istanbul next weekend under pressure from Tatyana Chernova, who impressed in the hurdles and long jump at the Russian indoor championships.

Still no form for Thorpe

Ian Thorpe flopped in his final competitive race before Australia's Olympic swimming trials.

In Zurich he finished only fourth in the 100 metres freestyle in 52.28sec.

Fading star: Haile Gebrselassie

Fading star: Haile Gebrselassie

Haile running out of time

Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie's chances of running at London 2012 are fading.

He was fourth in Sunday's Tokyo marathon in 2hr 8min 17sec. Sixteen other Ethiopians have run faster so far this year.

Adams beats world champ

Flyweight Nicola Adams was one of five British medallists at the weekend's Strandja Cup.

The British boxer defeated Italian Valeria Calabrese in the final and also beat China's double world champion Ren Cancan.