Amir Khan has finally arrived at his training camp after being thrown off a flight over the weekend.
Former light-welterweight king Khan was travelling from New York to Colorado Springs when he claims he was told his colleague’s mask was not pulled up high enough on his face before both men were escorted from the plane.
Khan, who is expected to face rival Kell Brook in what would likely be his final fight, said: “I was taken off the plane today when I was going to training camp in Colorado Springs by police.
“A complaint was made by American Airlines staff, they said my colleague’s mask was not high enough and not up, that they had to stop the plane and take me and my friend off when I did nothing wrong.
“They kicked us both off. I was sat at 1A and he was sat in 1B. I find it disgusting and disrespectful, I was supposed to go to Colorado Springs for a training camp and now I’m back in New York for another day and I have to reschedule another plane to travel back to training camp.
“It’s really upsetting; there was no reason and I’m so disgusted that American Airlines would do this and ban me from travelling. There must be cameras that they can see to see if I or my colleague were bad in any way or caused. a scene in any way.
“I’ve never seen this happen before and I’m heartbroken.”
But Khan is now in training, with fellow pro Jamel Herring sharing a picture of the duo to his Twitter page.
He wrote: “My guy @amirkingkhan is OFFICIALLY in camp, and I’m officially at the half way mark.”
American Airlines said Khan and his friend refused to comply with several requests before being asked to leave the aircraft
“Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 700, with service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who reportedly refused to comply with repeated crew member requests to stow luggage, place cell phones in airplane mode and adhere to federal face covering requirements,” a spokesman told The Mirror.
“Our Customer Relations team is reaching out to Mr. Khan to learn more about his experience and reinforce the importance of policies implemented for the safety of our customers and crew.”
Khan, 34, has not boxed for over two years, since he stopped Billy Dib in a one-sided fight in Saudi Arabia.
He had contemplated retirement but now looks set to finally settle his rivalry with Brook who, at 35, is also nearing the end of his career.