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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 March 2006, 09:32 GMT
Khan tips Gavin for boxing gold
Amir Khan
Khan won Olympic silver at just 18
Amir Khan has backed his former sparring partner Frankie Gavin to claim Commonwealth boxing gold for England.

Gavin was Olympic silver medallist Khan's specialist southpaw training partner in the run-up to Athens 2004.

The Birmingham lightweight is guaranteed a bronze medal at least if he beats Nigeria's Rasheed Lawal in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Khan said: "Frankie's very capable of getting a gold medal. He looks good and is a very confident fighter."

Gavin has enjoyed two comfortable wins so far beating Ovidiu Bobirnat of Cyprus and India's Jai Bhagram.

And Khan, who is carving out a glittering career as an unbeaten professional said: "He looks very sharp.

"He's a strong lad and he's come on a lot since I left the amateurs.

"He's a southpaw as well so he's going to cause a lot of problems for the other boxers because he's going to be awkward."

Gavin hopes to follow in the path of Khan, who was one of the stars of the British team in Athens.

"He's an inspiration to me and the other guys in the team," Gavin said.

"When we see what he is doing, it makes us feel, 'Why can't we do that?' I want to do what he has done and to get where he has got to."

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