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A major row has hit amateur boxing following the appointment of one of Audley Harrison's former cornermen, Kelvyn Travis, as the new head coach of the British Olympic squad. Travis was sacked by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) six years ago following a fracas in which another coach had his jaw broken, but he has been brought back by the newly formed umbrella body, the British ABA, to replace the axed Terry Edwards. The move has not met with the approval of several influential factions within the sport, but Kevin Hickey, the BABA's performance director, says: "I have great confidence in his ability to do the job." However this is just one of the issues troubling an increasingly strife-ridden sport. David McElhinney, who has quit as the ABA of England's finance director, has sent a letter to all board members, which some describe as "dynamite". The Independent on Sunday has obtained a copy of the letter, which alleges maladmin-istration and activities "detrimental to grass-roots boxing". Several regional organisations, together with the now disaffiliated English Schools ABA, who recently met the Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe, are calling for an independent investigation into the running of a sport that was one of Britain's most successful in Beijing but has lost three-quarters of the squad as well as the coach. Next Saturday, the bronze medallist super-heavyweight David Price becomes the latest to make his pro debut, while Edwards has been recruited by Ghana to mastermind their coaching. According to insiders, if Edwards and boxers James DeGale and Tony Jeffries are successful in their ongoing lawsuits, the ABA face possible bankruptcy.

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