Monday 18 December 2017

Boxing: 'Justice done' as Khan gets rematch

Amir Khan was last night looking forward to a rematch against Lamont Peterson, saying: "Justice has been done."



World Boxing Association vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza confirmed yesterday that the WBA had granted the 25-year-old another shot at the American amid what Khan's camp described as "a plethora of anomalies" in the original fight.

Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in a split-decision defeat in Peterson's home town of Washington DC on December 10.

"I'm pleased that justice has been done. All we ask as sportsmen is for a fair and level playing field when we compete," said the British fighter.

"I want to prove without doubt that I'm the best in the 140lb division by taking care of business in the rematch."

The Englishman has vociferously complained about a number of issues since the defeat. His camp said that the WBA agreed that "the bout's outcome was impacted by the referee's questionable failure to credit Khan with a knockdown in round one and his questionable decisions to deduct points from Khan in rounds seven and 12".

The Khan camp also pointed out various irregularities in the scoring process.

TRABZON in Turkey has been confirmed as the host city for the final Olympic qualifier for European male boxers.

The AIBA qualifying event will take place between April 13-22.

Ireland's Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan have qualified for London 2012.

Ireland will be aiming for seven Olympic berths in Trabzon. The Irish women's team will be targeting three Olympic places at the AIBA Women's World Championships in China in May.

Meanwhile, the Open Youth finals will be decided at the National Stadium today, beginning at 11.0.

NFL

The Denver Broncos will try to bring a little Mile High magic to Foxboro when they take on the New England Patriots in a fascinating NFL divisional showdown today featuring two of the game's most intriguing figures.

The winner advances to the AFC championship game -- one step from the Super Bowl.

The Patriots (13-3), led by Tom Brady, were always expected to be in the frame unlike the Broncos (8-8), who arrive in the divisional contest thanks to some edge-of-your-seat drama provided by quarterback Tim Tebow, who has mastered the art of the late game comeback.

Tennis

Andy Murray faces the prospect of having to beat world No 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic if he is to reach a third successive Australian Open final.

The Scot was yesterday handed a tough draw in the same half as the Serbian and the same quarter as dangerous Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon.

Irish Independent

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