Khan honoured to carry Olympic Torch

Posted on May 31, 2012

Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan has spoken of his pride at having the chance to follow in the footsteps of boxing legend Muhammad Ali by carrying the Olympic torch.

Khan, who will run with the torch on Thursday in his hometown of Bolton as the relay continues ahead of London 2012, credited the sporting event for giving him a profile before he embarked on his professional career.

‘It is an honour for me to hold the torch, especially in the streets where I was growing up,' said Khan, who won a silver medal at the Athens Games in 2004 at the tender age of 17.

‘I know I am away a lot now due to my training, but for them to pick me and have the torch in Bolton, it is something I am going to remember for the rest of my life.

‘Not many boxers get the chance to do this and I am one of the few. When I saw a boxer hold the torch it was Muhammad Ali - one day I can tell my kids and grandkids that I did it.

‘The Olympics made me. It put me where I wanted to be - when I had my first professional fight we sold something like 7,000 or 8,000 tickets straight away, because the Olympics had already built that platform. All I had to do was get in the ring and people knew who Amir Khan was.’

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