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Khan 'Hatman' set for hearing

Published 10/01/2012 | 05:00

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The mystery 'Hatman' at the centre of the latest controversy surrounding Amir Khan's defeat to Lamont Peterson has said he will attend a hearing into the fight on January 18 and insists he has "nothing to hide".

Mustafa Ameen hit the headlines last week when Khan questioned his ringside presence during the split decision loss in Washington DC that cost him his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.

The Bolton fighter -- who has previously complained about referee Joe Cooper's performance and questioned the judges' scoring -- used Twitter to post a series of images of Ameen -- known until last weekend simply as 'Hatman' -- during the fight.

Khan's promoter Richard Schaefer identified the man as Ameen, who supposedly has ties to the IBF.

Ameen himself has finally broken his silence: "So you are questioning if I did something to harm my Muslim brother (Khan)? May almighty Allah protect me from what you and the rest of you assert."

Ameen insisted he will keep his counsel until the scheduled IBF hearing.

TENNIS

CONOR NILAND has nailed down a place in the qualifying round of the Australian Open for the fifth year in a row despite having been 12 places adrift of the cut-off point last week, writes Paddy Hickey.

After dropping from No 130 in the world rankings this time last year to 286, the Irish No 1 was on the borderline of making the preliminary stages of the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.

But with the organisers handing out eight wild cards, and an additional four players dropping out for a variety of reasons, the Limerick man learnt yesterday that his name will be in the hat when the draw is made today.

IRELAND'S James McGee today faces a US Open qualifying participant in his first tournament match in over three months after recovering from an unfortunate shoulder injury.

In the opening round of the ITF Futures event in Glasgow, the 24-year-old Dubliner has been paired against France's Clement Reix, who figured in the first round of the preliminary stages at Flushing Meadows last August.

The World No 515, then at 250, exited against Brazil's Rogerio Dutra Da Silva, who would go on to eliminate Ireland's Louk Sorensen in the first round proper of the US Open.

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