Boxing: Khan's US debut takes hit
Published 30/04/2010 | 05:00
Amir Khan's American debut has hit complications because he is stranded in Vancouver as he awaits the confirmation of a work visa.
Khan is due to defend the World Boxing Association light-welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden on May 15, but had to transfer to Vancouver from the Los Angeles gym of trainer Freddie Roach a week ago after an application for his work visa for the contest became an issue. Khan was forced to go to Canada to reapply.
It is believed the delay may have been caused after US officials scrutinised Khan's motoring offences in the UK.
In October 2007 Khan, then 20, was convicted of careless driving after he went through a red light and injured a pedestrian. He was given a six-month driving ban and fined £1,000. Three months later he was fined £1,000 and banned for 42 days for speeding.
The delay in the visa has meant that Roach flew to Vancouver yesterday from his base at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood to ensure that Khan's preparations are kept on track.
According to a source at Golden Boy Promotions, Khan's handlers in the US, it may be as long as a week before the work visa could be issued from the US consulate in Vancouver. (© Daily Telegraph, London)