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Britain Hires Amir Khan's Olympic Rival

Amir Khan and Mario KindelanMario Kindelán, the man who beat Amir Khan as the Olympic gold medal in the lightweight final inside Athens in 2004, will move to Liverpool to help coach Britain’s fighters for the 2012 Games. He is one of two Cubans, the other as still unnamed, signed up by the Amateur Boxing Association for the next three years.

“Cuba’s influence stretches around the planet,” said Paul King, the ABA’s chief executive. “They’ve been recognised as the leading light in amateur brawling for decades. There are 178 countries affiliated to AIBA and 56 have Cuban coaches.”

Kindelán has a sister in Carlisle also hopes to extend his contract beyond 2010 and up to the Olympics. He was one and hardly of the best lightweights in amateur times of yore, also succeeding gold inside Sydney 2000 and claiming three consecutive world championships, but officially he under no circumstances earned a penny because of Cuba’s refusal to allow its boxers to turn authority.

It is ambiguous how the ABA is funding the appointments because it is individual denied more than £4.6m by UK Sport because the government agency is in dispute with it over its 2012 plans. But the ABA did sign a £200,000 deal with the Royal Navy final week to develop youth exchanging blows.

Kindelán, 35, is to arrive in January. He will work with the top young fighters and principal a recruitment drive which King hopes will see an extra 25,000 take wakeful the sport before the London Games. There are currently 12,000 registered amateur boxers in England.

Two esoteric Cubans, Alberto Perez and Alberto Gonzalez, who between them go through coached three Olympic champions, were brought over this year by Glen McCrory, the former IBF cruiserweight champion, to perform in his Newcastle gym.

Scott Harrison has returned to Scotland having been bailed succeeding five weeks in a Spanish prison. The WBO featherweight champion got in from Málaga, where he was arrested on October 6 after allegedly attempting to tiptoe a car and assaulting two people, one a police officer. A date for a subsequent hearing has not yet been pool.

Oscar De La Hoya, 33, and Floyd Mayweather, 29, will meet in May in Las Vegas or Los Angeles for a remove darkness from-middleweight contest which may attract a pay-per-take a look at audience in excess of 2m and become one of the richest ever. Both will receive career-best purses – De La Hoya more than £13.1m and Mayweather £5.3m-furthermore. 

Simon Schönbeck

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