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Boxing: Khan cries foul at 'dodgy' scoring

Amir Khan yesterday claimed that a scorecard in his controversial defeat by Lamont Peterson in Washington last month was "interfered with" by a mysterious figure at ringside.

Khan used several Twitter messages to allege that the World Boxing Association supervisor Michael Walsh was being disturbed and interrupted round after round by a man sitting to his left and that the scoring for the fight -- which Khan lost narrowly on points -- was "dodgy".

In a string of almost 30 tweets, Khan also posted pictures of the unidentified figure sitting near Walsh, where he can clearly be seen picking up the yellow score ticket and interrupting Walsh, which is against fight rules.

"Who is this guy?" Khan asked on the social networking site. "What was he doing? Will be interesting to see if we get our answer. I knew there was something dodgy with the scoring."

The IBF is holding a hearing into the fight on January 18 but insisted that "the master scorecard was not tampered with in any way".

Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather Jnr will remain World Boxing Council welterweight champion despite beginning a 90-day jail term today. WBC president Jose Sulaiman said Mayweather's situation was "under review".


Top seed Rafael Nadal beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4 6-4 in a bruising encounter yesterday to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open.

Nadal darted around the court to hit a series of blistering winners, but his opponent refused to get overawed and broke the Spaniard in the second set.

However, Nadal survived the mini setback and will play Frenchman Gael Monfils or Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the semis. Roger Federer will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other last-four match.

Kim Clijsters avoided following US Open champion Sam Stosur out of the Brisbane International tournament when she beat Iveta Benesova 6-3 6-2 yesterday to advance to the semi-finals.

IRELAND'S Sinead Lohan yesterday powered her way to the quarter-finals of the ITF U-18 Circuit event in Pontevedra, Spain.

After dumping out the top seed, Russia 's 167-ranked Ksenija Sharifova, in the opening round on Monday, 280-ranked Lohan saw off the challenge of Spain's 275-ranked Andrea Lazaro Garcia in the Grade 3 outdoor hardcourt tournament in Spain.

The 16-year-old Tramore native came through the first set on a tie-break and, in the second, two breaks of serve enabled her to clinch her place in the last eight on a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 scoreline. Today, the recently crowned Irish Indoors' women's singles champion takes on Netherlands' 383-ranked Sophie Blom.

- South Africa'S cricketers need only six more wickets to clinch their three-Test series against Sri Lanka after forcing the visitors to follow on on the third day of the third Test at Newlands yesterday. At the close, Sri Lanka were 138-4 in their second innings, still trailing by 203 runs.

Irish Independent