PUBLISHED: 11:15 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

A PROFESSIONAL boxer has denied sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.

A PROFESSIONAL boxer has denied sexually assaulting a woman in her own home.

Super-middle weight Tony Salam, 26, of John Wilson Street, Woolwich, insisted that the alleged victim threatened to call police if he did not do what she wanted and that he was forced into having sex with her.

If found guilty during his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court it would ruin his career with promoter Frank Maloney, of Chislehurst, who traine d Lennox Lewis to become the world heavyweight champion.

Salam told the jury of six men and six women he won his belt in January last year before being given a contract by the top boxing promoter. The Nigerian fighter told the court on Monday that he feared arrest so he agreed to carry out the sex act.

After swearing an oath on the Koran, he said: "In my head I was thinking 'If you don't do it, you will get locked up.' I kneeled down, put my head down and I put my mouth there."

Salam said the woman had hitched up her dress, exposing her breasts and privates during the incident at her flat in Essex in April last year.

The prosecution claim that Salam "suddenly appeared" in the woman's kitchen after she returned from a night out. The alleged vicitm then fled, but after a chase, he pinned her down and performed a sex act on her.

He denies false imprisonment, assault by penetration and an alternative count of sexual assault.

The trial continues.

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