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Boxing: Mystery man to explain conduct at Amir Khan ‘fix’ appeal

Published 09/01/2012 | 13:26

MUSTAFA Ameen, the 'mystery man’ accused by Amir Khan of interfering in his points defeat by Lamont Peterson, will be forced to explain his behaviour at the appeal hearing into the verdict on Wednesday week.

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The International Boxing Federation has said Ameen was affiliated to it, despite earlier claims from Khan’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that he “is not a member of any boxing organisation”.



The IBF has demanded Ameen attends the hearing in New York to explain why he was pictured talking to World Boxing Association supervisor Michael Welsh at the ringside supervisor’s table, where Ameen was also seen picking up a yellow scoring slip.



“It is something we will address at the hearing,” Jeanette Salazar, public relations director for the IBF, said. “Until then, the individual has been asked not to speak publicly or to the media.”



Ameen appeared to ignore that request last night by denying any wrongdoing in a message posted on what purported to be his Facebook page.



“So you are questioning if I did something to harm my Muslim brother?” he said. “May almighty Allah protect me from what you and the rest of you assert. Don’t make assumptions based on allegations.” The statement was later taken down.



The International Boxing Federation told Telegraph Sport on Sunday night that Ameen was affiliated to it, despite earlier claims from Khan’s trainer, Freddie Roach, that he “is not a member of any boxing organisation”.



The IBF has demanded Ameen attends the hearing in New York to explain why he was pictured talking to World Boxing Association supervisor Michael Welsh at the ringside supervisor’s table, where Ameen was also seen picking up a yellow scoring slip.



“It is something we will address at the hearing,” Jeanette Salazar, public relations director for the IBF, said. “Until then, the individual has been asked not to speak publicly or to the media.”



Ameen appeared to ignore that request last night by denying any wrongdoing in a message posted on what purported to be his Facebook page.



“So you are questioning if I did something to harm my Muslim brother?” he said. “May almighty Allah protect me from what you and the rest of you assert. Don’t make assumptions based on allegations.” The statement was later taken down.

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