British boxer Amir Khan says a strange man with no right to be in the same ring as him appeared at his previous bout and struck him repeatedly.
The mysterious ‘man in gloves’ battered Khan around the head and body until he was declared the winner of the fight in December, much to the frustration of the Bolton-born former world champion.
Amid calls from Amir Khan’s camp for a hearing into the clash, governing bodies the IBF and WBA say they have identified the man as Lamont Peterson.
Khan is aggrieved after losing the fight in Peterson’s home town Washington DC on a points decision.
At first he blamed his loss on the the ring being too square.
Then he said the arena had been pumped full of ‘the wrong type of air’.
Finally he claimed a cat in a hat had tried to distract him ringside, before modifying his story on advice from handlers to claim it was a man in a hat communicating with judges.
There was no mention of Khan’s tendency to drop his guard as he tires and reverts to his instinctive style, leaving him open to point-scoring shots.
In other boxing news, British heavyweight Audley Harrison will make his comeback against Iraqi-born Ali Adams in April.
The 40-year-old has pencilled in the fifth round as the time he will throw his one and only punch of the fight.