Amir Khan is a British boxer of Pakistani descent. Catapulted into the nation’s conscious when he became Britain’s youngest-ever Olympic boxing medallist with a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games aged 17, Khan is the current WBA light-welterweight champion of the world and his stock is rising fast.
Born and raised in Bolton, England, Khan is a practicing Muslim and pillar of his local community where he invested £1m of his own money to building the Gloves Community Centre and boxing gym to keep youths off the street.
Having turned pro in 2005, Khan’s career started swimmingly and he quickly moved to 18-0 before sensationally losing for the first time to Columbian bruiser Breidis Prescott in September 2008. The brutal knockout Khan suffered within 54 seconds of the first round led him to renowned American trainer Freddie Roach and he hasn’t looked back since.
Nicknamed ‘King Khan’, the young fighter’s return to the ring under the tutelage of Roach saw him finally begin living up to his moniker. There was a boxing master class over fading Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, a title win over hard as nails Andriy Kotelnik and a one-sided beating of contender Paulie Malignaggi to follow.
Now splitting his time between his home in Bolton, training at the Wild Card Gym in LA, and joining up with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao for training in Baguio City, Philippines, Khan has set his sights on cleaning up the light-welterweight division before moving up to welterweight and taking on the likes of Floyd Mayweather.