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Amir Khan v Carlos Molina: Fans invited to exchange toys for tickets

Amir's toy story! Fans asked to exchange gifts in return for tickets to Khan fight in LA

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UPDATED:

13:22 GMT, 11 December 2012

Fight fans have been offered free tickets to watch Amir Khan's return the ring in Los Angeles this Saturday… in exchange for an unwrapped toy.

Ticket sales have reportedly been slow for the former world light-welterweight champion's comeback clash against Carlos Molina.

But Khan's American Golden Boy promoters want to make a full house at the 17,000 LA Memorial Sports Arena this weekend and have engineered a scheme that will see fans handed tickets – worth as much as 100 – to the the fight in exchange for a unopened toy priced as little as 15.

Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya has come up with the giveaway idea to give to deprived families in time for Christmas.

Amir Khan makes his return to the ring in Los Angeles this weekend

You've got a friend in me: Fight fans are being encouraged to trade toys – like the ones from the film Toy Story (below) – for tickets to Khan's fight against Molina

You've got a friend in me: Fight fans are being encouraged to trade toys - like the ones from the film Toy Story - for tickets to Amir Khan's fight against Carlos Molina

'I am looking forward to distributing the toys to those families who need them most,' said De La Hoya, speaking to The Sun.

Khan, meanwhile, has vowed to reinvent himself as 'a totally different fighter' when he aims to bounce back from two successive defeats.

A year ago the Bolton fighter controversially lost his WBA title to Lamont Peterson, only to be subsequently reinstated when it emerged the American had been using synthetic testosterone.

However, he lost his next fight too when Danny Garcia knocked him silly in a fourth-round stoppage win in Las Vegas in July.

The Garcia defeat brought about much soul-searching before the Englishman made the tough decision to leave renowned trainer Freddie Roach and join forces with another Californian, Virgil Hunter.

Khan's questionable punch resistance and over-zealous attacking instincts point towards the need for a change in approach and the fighter himself admits there has been plenty to work on under Hunter, who boasts a stellar reputation having guided Andre Ward to pound-for-pound recognition.

'Training with Virgil's been going really well,' the 26-year-old said ahead of his scrap with undefeated Californian Molina.

Return: Khan is looking to bounce back following his defeat by Danny Garcia in July

Return: Khan is looking to bounce back following his defeat by Danny Garcia in July

'The gym is quiet, it's chilled, you can think about what you're doing.

'For example when I'm sitting in the gym, or warming up, I can think things through about what I want to do in the session or the sparring. I can think things through, whereas previous gyms I've trained at have been very busy with lots of people there.

'Sometimes it's a distraction because you can't really focus on what you need to focus on.

'Virgil is a great trainer. He breaks everything down and every day he reminds me what I need to do, what I need to work on and what mistakes I make which need improving on.'

Khan was in control against Garcia before leaving himself exposed and being taken apart by the Philadelphian's power shots. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist insists he will use that experience, combined with Hunter's input, to right those wrongs.

Change of plans: Khan (R) has prepared for his upcoming fight against Molina with new trainer, Virgil Hunter

Change of plans: Khan (R) has prepared for his upcoming fight against Molina with new trainer, Virgil Hunter

'We've sat down and watched the Garcia fight together and we've been working on some new stuff from that, including being more patient and waiting for the right shots at the right time and not over-committing myself,' he said.

'When I watch the Garcia fight, I can see that I'm like a totally different fighter. Virgil said to me when we watched it again “now you tell me what you're doing wrong in the fight and what you'd do differently now” and so I told him.

'It shows that the sparring I've been doing and the training I'm getting is helping me. I'm a better fighter by far because I would not fight Garcia the way I did. I've changed my fighting style a lot and proves I'm doing something right.

'We're ready for this guy.'

Terry Bridge given four-year ban for doping offences

Jailed former Oldham reserve Bridge given four-year ban for doping offences

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 17 October 2012

Rugby league player Terry Bridge has been banned for four years for multiple doping violations.

The UK Anti-Doping agency says Bridge, a former reserve with Oldham Rugby League club, is suspended until February 2016 after having been sentenced to 10 months in prison for possession of steroids.

UKAD says the substances found in Bridge's possession included clenbuterol, stanozolol and testosterone. He was also charged with trafficking in clenbuterol, human growth hormone, testosterone and other substances.

Bridge is the second athlete suspended in the investigation. In November 2011, British shot putter Carl Fletcher was suspended until 2015 for drug trafficking.

Debbie Dunn hit with two-year doping ban

American athlete Dunn hit with two-year ban after positive drug test

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 11 September 2012

American 400 metres runner Debbie Dunn has accepted a two-year doping ban.

The 34-year-old, who was world indoor champion in 2010, tested positive for an anabolic agent at the US Olympic team trials in June.

She withdrew from the US 4x400m relay team for the Olympics before the Games after returning a positive test for testosterone/epitestosterone.

Punished: Debbie Dunn has been hit with a two-year doping ban

Punished: Debbie Dunn has been hit with a two-year doping ban

Dunn's suspension began on August 1, 2012, the date she accepted a provisional suspension.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency said: 'As a result of the sanction, Dunn has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to June 22, 2012, the date the US Olympic team trials began, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.'

Lamont Peterson to keep IBF belt despite failed drug test

Khan's conqueror Peterson allowed to keep IBF belt despite failing drug test

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UPDATED:

18:26 GMT, 10 August 2012

Lamont Peterson has been allowed to keep his IBF light-welterweight title, despite failing a drugs test.

The American won the IBF and WBA belts from Amir Khan in his home town of Washington via a controversial split decision in December.

The WBA stripped Peterson of the title and reinstated Khan, who lost a unification bout to Danny Garcia last month – a fight arranged after a rematch with the Briton scheduled for May was called off by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Called off: Lamont Peterson (left) failed a dope test ahead of his rematch with Amir Khan (right) in May

Called off: Lamont Peterson (left) failed a dope test ahead of his rematch with Amir Khan (right) in May

The 28-year-old maintained he was given treatment due to abnormally low testosterone levels and was unaware that what he was doing was contrary to anti-doping rules.

Peterson had testosterone pellets inserted into his hip before he beat Khan – but is adamant they did not affect his performance.

That argument was backed by the International Boxing Federation, who sought the views of an independent physician.

A statement read: 'The physician was asked by the IBF to provide an opinion as to whether the levels of testosterone noted in the VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) report appeared to be consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone, or for performance enhancing purposes.

Remember the man in the hat The pair's original fight was mired in controversy

Remember the man in the hat The pair's original fight was mired in controversy

'Additionally, the physician was asked to confer on whether these levels of testosterone would have enhanced Lamont Peterson's training for and performance during the bout, and for his training for the bout scheduled for May 19 (against Khan).

'After concluding the review of all the documentation provided by Peterson's camp and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the physician determined that the testosterone levels noted in the VADA report are consistent with the therapeutic use of the hormone and not for the purpose of performance enhancement.

'Therefore, these levels would not have enhanced Lamont Peterson's training for or performance during the bout on December 10.'

The IBF now expect Peterson to make a mandatory defence of his title against fellow American Zab Judah 'as soon as possible on a date that all parties involved agree upon'.

London 2012 Olympics: Victoria Baranova sent home

Scandal in the cycling as Russian rider Baranova sent home over failed drugs text

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 3 August 2012

Russian track cyclist Victoria Baranova has been sent home from the Olympics after it failed a pre-Olympics drugs test for testosterone.

Baranova was due to take part in the keirin at the Velodrome at the Olympic Park this weekend, but is already back in her homeland.

Getting on with business: Olympic cycling continued on Friday despite the announcement that Russian rider Victoria Baranova has been sent home over a failed drugs test

Getting on with business: Olympic cycling continued on Friday despite the announcement that Russian rider Victoria Baranova has been sent home over a failed drugs test

An International Cycling Union spokesman said: 'It is the result of a test carried out by the IOC before the Games. She has admitted to taking a banned substance and was sent home two or three days ago.

'We have been working closely with the IOC and we are very happy with this collaboration, which strengthens our fight against doping.'

London 2012 Olympics: Caster Semenya – gender test nightmare behind me

Semenya ready to put controversial past behind her at last at 'special' London Games

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UPDATED:

08:15 GMT, 18 July 2012

Caster Semenya is looking forward to running in the London Olympics with the controversy that dogged her 2009 World Championships win behind her.

The South African, then aged just 18, stormed to victory in the 800 metres in Berlin but was then forced to undergo gender tests after exhibiting high levels of testosterone.

Semenya was left in limbo and has been unable to kick on from her time of one minute 55.45 seconds in that final, but is now back at the forefront of the event and looking ahead to this summer's Games with optimism.

Test: Caster Semenya (left) was scrutinised after winning the 800m in Berlin

Test: Caster Semenya (left) was scrutinised after winning the 800m in Berlin

'That is in the past,' she told national newspapers. 'You need to concentrate on the future. I don't have to entertain those things now. I can concentrate on my running, that's all.

'With each year I experience I become a more relaxed athlete. I also know what is important to listen to and what to ignore.

Relaxed: Semenya has founf form again

Relaxed: Semenya has founf form again

'I try to run my best always but sometimes I do not and I have to deal with negatives. People ask questions that can make you sad, but I must always stay positive.

'That's what I have to learn. I have to act professionally. But this is my first Olympics so London will be special for me.'

Nelson Mandela has been a major influence on Semenya's career and her fight for equal treatment and she paid tribute to the former South Africa president, who turns 94 today.

'The first time I met Mandela he was just looking at me as a little tiny girl,' she said. 'I was a little bit small but he said: “I believe in you, so you go out there and make me proud”. So I kept the spirit and the legacy.

'Everything I do, I do it for him. He made me believe in the dark days after my victory. He inspired me a lot and he continues to do so.'

Amir Khan loses to Danny Garcia

Khan suffers stunning defeat to Garcia in Vegas as Brit loses world title again

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UPDATED:

04:13 GMT, 15 July 2012

Amir Khan's career lies in tatters after he suffered a devastating second successive defeat in Las Vegas as Danny Garcia knocked him down three times en route to a fourth-round stoppage win.

The 25-year-old Englishman admitted recently that he had endured the toughest spell of his career after a torrid six months which saw him suffer a controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson and a bitter fall-out which saw their rematch scrapped after the American failed tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Khan, who had perhaps naively talked about fighting Floyd Mayweather in the near future, had the WBA belt he lost that night returned to him but lost that to Garcia as the American caused a huge upset to retain his own WBC crown and become a unified champion at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Down and out: Amir Khan was stopped by Danny Garcia after being knocked down three times

Down and out: Amir Khan was stopped by Danny Garcia after being knocked down three times

Danny Garcia (R) lands a right hand to the head of Amir Khan of Great Britain

Khan came into the fight with a record of 26-2 with 18 knockout wins while Garcia boasted 23 wins, 14 early, and no defeats.

Despite Khan coming off a defeat in his last bout, the Briton was a heavy betting favourite and the majority of the 7,000-strong crowd were in his corner.

Khan flew out of the blocks and barely a second had elapsed when he landed a beautiful left hook-right hand combination.

He easily won the first round with sharp, attacking jabs and hooks, while Garcia had to settle for two right crosses and a naughty low blow, for which he was warned.

Good start: Amir Khan (left) took the fight to Danny Garcia in the opening rounds

Good start: Amir Khan (left) took the fight to Danny Garcia in the opening rounds

Garcia landed a nice right in the second but Khan retaliated immediately. Khan also won the second but had to take sporadic body shots and a strong overhand right from the Philadelphian.

Garcia was cut over his right eye in the round, though it was unclear how the wound was inflicted.

Khan landed an excellent lead left in the third which Garcia shrugged off well, while the American was also having occasional successes himself. Another warning for low hitting was perhaps harsh.

The fight then exploded as a counter left from Garcia floored Khan hard. He got to his feet quickly but was clearly devoid of his senses.

Coming back: Garcia took the fight to Khan in the third round and delivered a devastating left hand

Coming back: Garcia took the fight to Khan in the third round and delivered a devastating left hand

Referee Kenny Bayless scandalously allowed it to go on – Khan had no idea where he was – and the Briton was saved by the bell as Garcia threw a massive right and a left on the bell had Khan struggling again.

After a minute to recover Khan looked in better shape for the fourth. What followed was one of the most brutal rounds in recent memory.

Garcia threw huge power shots in search of the stoppage and Khan was soon down again, this time from a right, which saw him trip on the rope.

Referee Kenny Bayless (L) holds Amir Khan of Britain after he was knocked down in the fourth round

Danny Garcia of the U.S. celebrates his fourth round victory over Amir Khan of Britain

Game over: Khan is judged to be in no state to continue (left) as Garcia celebrates his stunning victory

Khan somehow survived and amazingly began firing shots back as the two men stood and traded crashing blows. Khan actually goaded Garcia in and landed a good shot himself, hitting Garcia with an uppercut and left.

Khan was then down a third time when he was caught by a glancing left and right to the temple.

Again he got up quickly, but when Bayless stared into his eyes, the referee finally decided enough was enough.

London 2012 Olympics: Debbie Dunn out of Games after failing drugs test

US 400m runner Dunn pulls out of Games after failing drugs test

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UPDATED:

07:09 GMT, 14 July 2012

American 400 metres runner Debbie Dunn has withdrawn from the London Olympics after returning a positive drugs test.

Dunn released a statement to confirm she would stand aside after the United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) informed her she had returned a positive sample.

The 34-year-old, who has never competed at an Olympics, was due to run in the 4x400m relay, an event the USA have won since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Out: 400m athlete Debbie Dunn failed a drugs test

Out: 400m athlete Debbie Dunn failed a drugs test

'I have been informed by the US Anti-Doping Agency that a sample I gave at the US Olympic Trials contains an elevated testosterone/epitestosterone level,' Dunn, the 2010 world indoor champion and 2009 relay world champion, said in a statement.

'While I work with USADA to resolve this matter, I am withdrawing from my relay pool position for the 2012 Olympic Games.

'I do not want any issue like this to distract from my team-mates' focus for the biggest meet of their lives.

No go: Dunn won't compete at the London Games

No go: Dunn won't compete at the London Games

'I wish Team USA best in London as I work toward resolving this matter.'

USADA chief executive Travis T Tygart confirmed Dunn's initial urine sample showed traces of a banned synthetic testosterone. The organisation is currently testing her 'B' sample.

'In response to Ms Dunn's statements, USADA appreciates Ms. Dunn voluntarily removing herself from the Olympic team while the full facts surrounding her elevated T/E ratio and adverse carbon isotope ratio analysis (CIR) are evaluated,' Tygart said in a statement.

'We are currently processing the B sample, and as in all cases all athletes are innocent until and unless proven otherwise through the established full, fair legal process which was approved by athletes, the US Olympic Committee, and all Olympic sports organisations.'

Should Dunn return a positive 'B' sample she could accept sanction or take her case to arbitration.

Amir Khan demands stringer drug testing in boxing

We need to clean up the sport… Khan admits boxing has a drug problem

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 11 July 2012

Amir Khan has called for more stringent testing after admitting his fear that boxing is rife with doping.

The British fighter was beaten last December by Lamont Peterson who then tested positive for synthetic testosterone.

Elite fighters such as Andre Berto and
Antonio Tarver have also been caught out recently, while British
heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo was banned for multiple violations.

Drugs cheat: Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone

Drugs cheat: Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone

Khan said: 'There are a lot of fighters out there who might be taking it. It's bad. How many others are on this stuff You don't know.

'We need to clean up sport and that is what's happening now. Since the Peterson issue, so many fighters have been caught.'

Amir Khan angered by Danny Garcia dad jibe in Las Vegas

Your son will pay! Khan vows to beat Garcia after 'overrated' jibe from rival's Dad

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UPDATED:

11:28 GMT, 5 June 2012

Amir Khan has promised to beat Danny Garcia after his next opponent's father claimed the former world champion was overrated ahead of their July 14 meeting.

Garcia stepped in to face Khan at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas after the latter's rematch with Lamont Peterson fell through when the American tested positive for testosterone.

Hitting back: Amir Khan was angered after rival Danny Garcia' father and trainer Angel labelled him 'overrated'

Hitting back: Amir Khan was angered (pictured L and below) after upcoming rival Danny Garcia' father and trainer Angel (R) labelled him 'overrated' at a press conference in Las Vegas

Unhappy: Khan

Peterson had become WBA and IBF light welterweight champion when he beat Khan by a controversial split decision in his native Washington in December.

Garcia's father Angel told a press conference in Los Angeles: 'Khan is an overrated fighter. Peterson whupped him like an octopus and then he blamed it on the judges.'

Garcia took the WBC light welterweight title off Erik Morales and has now put the belt on the line against Khan, with both fighters managed by Golden Boy Promotions.

Eyes on the prize: Khan is out to claim Garcia's WBC crown when they clash on July 14

Eyes on the prize: Khan is out to claim Garcia's WBC crown when they clash on July 14

Following the taunts by Garcia's father, Khan said: 'Danny's father does a lot of talking, but at the end of the day he's not the one who's going to be in the ring.

'When I beat your son am I still going to be overrated We will see what happens.'

Khan has something to prove following the defeat to Peterson but does not underestimate the challenge he faces against Garcia.

Head-to-head: Khan expects to have a big test from Garcia

Head-to-head: Khan expects to have a big test from Garcia

He said: 'After the Peterson fight fell through we were quite desperate to get a fight because I was at my peak.

'Danny accepted the challenge. I know how good he is. He's had a good win against Erik Morales. This is going to be a big test for me.'

Garcia said: 'Khan's a great fighter, I'm a great fighter. When you put two great fighters together you get an awesome show. I'm ready to defend my title.'