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'Tough Mudder' raises thousands for charity

Mark in training for the event Credit: Mark Holloway

A soldier who was injured in Afghanistan has raised thousands of pounds for the Help For Heroes charity by competing in one of the most gruelling races there is. The Tough Mudder challenge in Cheshire this weekend involves battling through obstacles designed by the special forces. And Mark Holloway completed it not once but twice, raising £5000 for the charity. His next goal is an even longer circuit in the US to double that amount.

Bury's Quigg defends title

Bury boxer Scott Quigg has successfully defended his WBA super-bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye in Manchester. He floored the Belgian in the third round. Jamoye was unable to recover and the bout was called off, with Quigg sending the perfect message to domestic rival Carl Frampton. Quigg wants to meet Frampton - the new IBF holder - in a domestic grudge match and that will now be at the top of the agenda. On the same bill, Anthony Joshua extended his professional record to eight knockout wins from eight as he demolished Konstantin Airich in the third round.

Scott Quigg in action against Stephane Jamoye Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Amir Khan denied visa application by US authorities

Denied a visa - Amir Khan Credit: PA Pictures

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

Khan wrote on Twitter: "Visa to America was declined after I had it approved a week ago. Was looking forward to the fight. Means I'm still in England."

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties traveling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

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