Jeff Powell


amir Khan has been urged to go for the knockout here on Saturday night if he wants to be certain of becoming a world champion again.

Freddie Roach, his newly inducted Hall of Fame trainer, is so concerned by the spate of controversial decisions that he has warned Khan to make sure he takes out WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia inside the scheduled 12 rounds.

Khan was robbed of his WBA and IBF belts on a night of bizarre refereeing and hometown judging in Washington last December, after which Lamont Peterson was found to have a steroids pellet implanted in his hip. He then failed a drugs test. Roach is concerned “there may be jealousy of our success at my Wild Card gym (in Hollywood)”.

That suspicion grew when his pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao was scandalously judged the loser against Tim Bradley here last month.

Roach said: “Increasingly our boxers are not being given the reward by the officials when they are clearly winning fights.

“We are confident of beating Garcia but I’ve told Amir that he had better get him out at some point, just to be certain nothing like this happens again.”

Roach has also told Khan to ignore insults from the father of his unbeaten American opponent.

At a media conference, Angel Garcia started jumping up and down in a supposed imitation of the Briton, then made remarks about no Pakistanis being good boxers.

Roach added: “Thankfully Amir is better educated than this guy.

“He’s just trying to get under our skin.” – Daily Mail