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Team Khan Voice Concern Over Judah's Panama Link

By Phil D. Jay

Amir Khan’s business manager Asif Vali has made formal inquiries with the Nevada boxing commission over reports that Panama Lewis has been involved with opponent Zab Judah’s preparations in the build up to Khan’s WBA and IBF light-welterweight unification with the four-time champion.

Lewis was jailed in 1986 for six years after his part in a glove filling scandal involving Puerto Rican fighter Luis Resto, who battered Billy Colllins Jr. over ten rounds with an illegal substance in his gloves. It was 21 year-old Collins’ first career defeat and was subsequently attributed to his death by suicide in 1984, leading to convictions for Lewis and Resto.

“We’ve heard that this man has been around their camp,” Vali told The Telegraph.

“We are talking to the Nevada State Athletic Commission to make sure that if this is true he is not involved.

“He has no licence and if he turns up on Saturday night he will not be allowed anywhere near the locker room or Judah’s corner. We have to protect Amir.”

Both fighters were respectful over each other at yesterday’s final press conference and now just 40 hours from their eagerly awaited bout at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan, 24, is hoping to unify the 140lb division, before moving up to challenge Floyd Mayweather next year.

Phil D. Jay covers the boxing scene for worldboxingnews.net

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sheppirino on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=fenixbb;10882088]You guys just give Zab a chance by landing his left uppercut what happens if Kahn doesn't allow Judah to land any kind of these bombs ? Kahn will win by KO, TKO or wide UD. But I like Zab…

Comment by fenixbb on 07-22-2011

You guys just give Zab a chance by landing his left uppercut what happens if Kahn doesn't allow Judah to land any kind of these bombs ? Kahn will win by KO, TKO or wide UD. But I like Zab…

Comment by Sheppirino on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=jayhova29;10882038]Great point. His uppercut and his footwork are going to be his biggest keys to victory.[/QUOTE] His uppercut definitely. For some reason I can see Zab hitting Khan with his left uppercut while Khan comes in to throw his combos.…

Comment by Sheppirino on 07-22-2011

So long as Panama is not working Judah's corner mixing drinks or in his dressing room taking padding out of his gloves Khan's team shouldn't worry. I just hope his team doesn't use this or Conte as an excuse if…

Comment by jayhova29 on 07-22-2011

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;10881650]Didn't Bob Arum used to promote Resto? Notice how the majority of the cheats Arum has had under his belt or was afiliated with Roach. Zab should have his own concerns. This has been the year of the upsets and…

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