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Boxing: Amir Khan to turn pro next week!!

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posted on Sep, 22 2004 @ 03:47 PM
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Amir Khan's advisers claim the Olympic silver medallist could be forced to turn professional against his wishes by the end of this week.

Khan's team have accused the Amateur Boxing Association of failing to promise satisfactory financial support for his decision to chase gold in Beijing in four years' time.

And they insist the 17-year-old will have no choice but to accept one of his many offers to turn professional if the ABA do not respond with immediate effect.

Khan's manager Asif Vali expressed frustration that the ABA had neglected to cash in on the fighter's success.

Vali told the Press Association: "If I was in the ABA I would have been locked in discussions with Amir as soon as he arrived back in England.

"Instead they have been dragging their feet and it is no wonder so many young boxers elect to turn professional.

"Amir has confirmed to the ABA his desire to stay amateur but it is unfair to expect him to do so if he is not given the financial support.

"If the ABA have not forwarded us a concrete offer by the end of this week we will have no choice but to begin speaking to everybody else out there."

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