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Amir Khan Defends Himself, Manny Pacquiao Against Steroid Rumors

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By Lem Satterfield

During the aftermath of a Dec. 11, HBO televised, unanimous decision by WBA junior welterweight (140 pounds) champ Amir Khan over WBA interim titlist Marcos Rene Maidana, Khan’s strength coach, Alex Ariza, and Maidana’s trainer, Miguel Diaz, engaged in a heated, verbal brawl in the ring.

In victory, Khan rose to 24-1, with 17 knockouts, dropping Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) with a pair of first-round body shots, and, later, surviving a near-knockout in the 10th round of their Golden Boy Promotions-sponsored clash at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

But after their literal fisticuffs, Ariza, Khan’s assistant trainer to Freddie Roach, told Elie Seckbach of FanHouse that Diaz came across the ring and launched into a verbal assault that Ariza felt was tainted with insinuations that he was providing the fighters with performance enhancing drugs.

“It is hurtful. I am drug-tested and have never tested positive because I am so clean. I don’t even drink. I would never, ever take a banned substance,” said Khan.

“I would never cheat in sport. Why would I want to cheat in sport or take drugs?” said Khan. “I am too scared to take something like that because I train so hard and my body is so fit.”

Besides Khan, Ariza and Roach also work with eight-time titlist Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs), owner of the WBO welterweight (147 pounds) and WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) belts as well as a winning streak of…

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