By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AMIR KHAN last night strenuously denied shock allegations that he is taking drugs.
The claims came from Roger Mayweather, a boxing trainer and uncle of five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Khan defends his WBA light-welterweight title against IBF champion Zab Judah here on Saturday in a unification fight.
And Mayweather said to BoxingScene.com: “The only reason Amir Khan has become the fighter he is, is because he’s got those steroids in his ass.”
Khan appears to be on Mayweather’s hit list because of his closeness to multi-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao, whose long-awaited fight with Floyd fell through amid drug testing complications. But 24-year-old Khan looked calm and relaxed yesterday as he dismissed the Mayweather claims out of hand.
He said: “I have been drug tested every time – so many times I’ve lost count. And I have never failed one of them.
“I have been tested out of training camp and in training camp – even answering unexpected knocks at my door to comply. I have proved I am a clean fighter.
“One time I was at home in Bolton and there was a knock at my door after my fight against Paul McCloskey. It was the UK drug people and I could have said no to their request but I didn’t.
“I let them in, did the test and it was negative like every other test I have ever had. In Los Angeles I have twice been tested and haven’t failed, I have shown to everyone that I am clean. I am happy to do anything the drug testers want me to do. I have been in Olympic squads as an amateur so I am very aware of what drug testing involves.”
Meanwhile, Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach has revealed he’s a battered and bruised man this week – and he couldn’t be more delighted!
Roach, who has trained a staggering 27 world champions, says he has never been hit so hard during training sessions with any of his star pupils.
And when you think that they include the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer – Pacquiao – it all adds up to a sparkling reference for Khan.
Khan meets IBF king Zab Judah in a unification bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
And American Roach, who is battling against Parkinson’s disease, now believes he needs some stronger protection when he faces Khan in training.
He said: “I will have to buy a new body bag for protection. Amir is really hurting me, digging me in the ribs – but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
“When he first started I used to only feel a punch every now and then.
“But now when Amir lets go I am feeling every other punch. And man, I can tell you it hurts!”
Apart from making a splash inside the gym, Khan is also making one outside after finally learning to swim.
Khan has taken to swimming like a duck to water, as two American Olympic boxing hopefuls Rau’shee Warren and Raynell Williams have discovered.
Roach said: “When they went swimming with Amir one swallowed so much water he sunk like a rock – and the other one just sank like a rock!”
KHAN v Judah will be broadcast live on Primetime pay-per-view, channel 480 on Sky, on Saturday night for £14.95.