I'll see you in court

The war of words between Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi, which we mentioned yesterday, has been stepped up. The Brit’s trainer, Freddie Roach, has decided to sue the American after he implied that the WBA light-welterweight champion was using performance-enhancing drugs. The gobby New Yorker, who squares up to Khan at Madison Square Gardens this Sunday, claimed the same of Khan’s training partner Manny Pacquiao, and Roach feels that he is making Khan guilty by association.

‘Amir and Manny work with me and my trainers,’ Roach said. ‘I know what goes on in my gym and I've had enough of this rubbish. That's why we've issued a libel suit. Paulie brought it up that Amir might be on something because he trains with us. My guys are clean. It's an insult because the success of my fighters is down to hard work.’ Khan however brushed off the allegations.

‘Malignaggi kept asking pointedly why my body has changed since I've been over here. These people do not realise the work Manny and me put into it. They disrespect the phenomenal training it takes to do the job I do.

‘I take in five to six thousand calories of the right stuff a day. It takes hours and hours of training every day to work that off, so that even between fights I never walk around more than seven pounds over the 10st light-welterweight limit.

‘Drugs? These people don't get it. It's not even about muscle. I've got less of that now than when I turned pro. I'm so fit that I'm punching harder than ever. The benefits come in the fights. I know I'm ready for more than 12 rounds. The fights are easier than the training. I've always had the heart to dig deep when necessary but now I use my head as well. In my four fights with Freddie so far, I've come on a ton both physically and mentally.’

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