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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.

Amir Khan could face Kell Brook in New Year

Kell Brook could be fast-tracked towards an all-British showdown with Amir Khan after making a remarkable recovery from a stab wound sustained on holiday in Tenerife.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed doctors have given Brook the all-clear to fight again as early as February - raising hopes of a domestic welterweight showdown.

Brook won the IBF version of the crown from Shawn Porter and was set to make his first defence in December before the stabbing incident earlier this month.

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City's Zabaleta could face the Gunners

Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta is confident he will be fit for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Argentina full-back limped off during the team's 4-2 friendly win over Germany last week following a challenge from Gunners forward Lukas Podolski.

Zabaleta told City's website: "It was a hard tackle and I still have some discomfort but it's getting better each day.

"I've been doing some running on my own earlier in the week but I'll be fine for the game.

"I still have a couple more days before we play and by then I should be fully fit."

Quigg v Frampton could be staged at Old Trafford

Bury boxer Scott Quigg dropped into the Granada Reports studio with promoter Eddie Hearn to discuss Saturday's world title fight against Stephane Jamoye in Manchester. Hearn says a unification fight between WBA champion Quigg and IBF champ Carl Frampton could be staged at Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium next year.

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