Khan ready to prove BABA wrong

Fri, 29 Jul 12:12:00 2011

Haroon Khan maintains he is still being cast aside by the British Amateur Boxing Association and has vowed to prove just what a mistake that is at next year's Olympics.

- Khan vows to prove himself

Khan has long had contempt for the governing body having been told he wasn't good enough to earn selection onto either the development or podium programmes they run.

That precarious relationship went from bad to worse last October after Khan claimed Commonwealth flyweight bronze, beating fellow Brit and podium benefactor Andrew Selby en route to doing so.

Khan, who was competing for Pakistan after being shunned by England, took more pleasure in the fact that he proved the British powers that be wrong than actually winning a medal.

However Khan is still angry at the BABA, this time for their continual refusal to acknowledge his talents and make contact in the wake of the Commonwealth Games.

Khan will therefore bid to prove British selectors wrong again with Pakistan, who he has dual nationality with, at 2012 but insists he isn't the only one being treated in such a way.

"I would love to know what I have done to not deserve a place in the British squad," said Khan. "Even after my performances at the Commonwealth Games I've had no contact from the BABA.

"I proved my point there but they showed no interest. Rob McCracken [British performance director] hasn't had the chance to see me box and so I don't know how they can know if I'm good enough or not.

"And I think there are a lot of boxers who are good enough who aren't getting the chance. I'm not sure why, but they've got their favourites and as a result they're missing out on so much talent.

"I would have preferred to fight for Britain but it's great that I can fight for Pakistan and still compete. I'm lucky that I've got that dual nationality so I can still compete, but a lot of guys don't have that opportunity."

Khan may not have Britain in his corner but he has been benefitting from help from Olympic lightweight silver-medal winning big brother Amir ahead of September's World Championships.

"I'm really looking forward to the worlds and it's really important in terms of the Olympics," he added. "I've been out Los Angeles with Amir and I’ve got to spar with some really good American amateurs."

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