BOXING sensation Amir Khan has al-
ready set his sights on conquering Amer-
ica after becoming world champion.
The boy from Bolton achieved his
childhood dream last week when he beat
Andreas Kotelnik to win the WBA world
light-welterweight title at Manchester’s
It was an amazing turnaround for the
22-year-old after he was written off fol-
lowing his 54-second defeat to Breidis
Prescott last September.
Now Khan wants to see his name up in
lights across the Atlantic, with a possible
fight against Mexican ring legend Erik
Morales being mooted.
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A VICIOUS and damaging row
has erupted following revela-
tions that youth groups are be-
ing pressured into snooping on
Youth groups and insiders have
told Eastern Eye they are being lured
as informers. And if they do not co-
operate they risk losing government
money to fund projects often aimed
at tackling discrimination.
They claim they are pressured by
their local councils into passing on
information about youths with
strong views on Islamic sharia law
John Denham, the new commu-
nities secretary, spoke on Tuesday
(21) about the relationship between
the government and Muslims being
focused too much on extremism
and pledged to redress the balance.
But experts warn that the alleged
spying tactics are alienating many
young Muslims who already feel un-
der siege from the authorities.
They accuse the government of
further eroding Muslims’ fragile
confidence by giving cash to groups
which they claim have no credibility
in the community to monitor youths.
It is the latest spying row to engulf
Muslims following MI5’s attempts to
recruit university students as in-
formers last year.
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