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17 random facts about Amir Khan

Glynn Evans

27th May 2015

Resurgent up at welterweight, Amir Khan faces potentially dangerous Chris Algieri LIVE on BoxNation this Friday night from 2am.

It's a must-win fight for the Bolton star as he looks to close in on a lucrative and mouthwatering fight with pound-for-pound star Floyd Mayweather.

Here, we take you through 17 random facts you might not have known about the 28-year-old.

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Amir Khan Photo

1) Amir Iqbal Khan was born in Bolton on the 8th December 1986. His family originally hail from Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
 
2) Khan has two sisters and a younger brother Haroon who is also a professional boxer. He is also a first cousin of Essex and England fast bowler Sajid Mahmood.
 
3) Amir attended Smithills School in Bolton and was first taken to the Bolton Lads boxing gym by his father, aged eight, because he was 'overactive'. His childhood hero was former three time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.
 
4) Starting competitively at 11, he lost three of his first six fights but after moving to Bury ABC won seven national junior titles and was victorious in 101 of 110 amateur contests.
 
5) In international competition, the Bolton lad struck gold at the Junior Olympics (Louisiana), European Students (Rome), European Cadets (Lithuania) and World Junior (South Korea) meets, bagging the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament on each occasion.
 
6) As Britain's sole rep at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Khan became GB's youngest ever boxing medallist, aged 17, when he made the lightweight final.

Amir Khan With The GB Olympic Team

7) Initially, Team GB was reluctant to risk Khan in Greece because of his youth. However, they re-assessed once Pakistan began to show an interest in sending him.

8) Prior to turning pro, he completed a two year Sports Development diploma at Bolton Community College.

9) For all his rich natural ability, Khan is maligned for having a 'weak' chin and Rachid Drilzane, Willie Limond, Michael Gomez, Breidis Prescott (twice), Danny Garcia (three times) and Julio Diaz have all put him on the canvas as a pro.

10) Khan became Britain's third youngest boxing world champion when he snared the WBA light-welterweight title from Andriy Kotelnik at Manchesters MEN Arena in July 2009. Only Naseem Hamed and Herbie Hide were younger.

11) Amir is a practising Muslim, attends mosque, follows a halal diet and observes Ramadan. In addition to English, he is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

Amir Khan In The Gym

12) He has an excellent track record for raising funds and awareness for charitable causes and his CV lists involvement with Oxfam, NSPCC, Childline, National Rail's 'No Messin', plus several international initiatives.

13) In January 2010, he opened the state-of-the-art Gloves Community Centre in Halliwell, Bolton. The centre served as a training facility, amateur boxing club, HQ for the Khan empire and an education centre for local kids. Amir invested £750,000 of his own money to get the venture started.

14) Khan is a lifelong fan of his home town club Bolton Wanderers and often makes use of their training facilities at the Reebok Stadium. He also followed England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

15) Khan boasts over 1.5 million followers on Twitter. However, he has blocked over a thousand for unsavoury messages about his ethnicity, faith and ability.

16) In May 2013, he married Pakistani-American Faryal Makhdoom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. A subsequent 'Walima' ceremony in Manchester catered for over 4,000! 'Hello' magazine bagged the photo rights. The pair have a daughter Lamaisah (meaning soft and gentle) who celebrated her first birthday last Saturday.

17) In the spring of 2014, Khan signed with reclusive but hugely influential US 'adviser' Al Haymon in the hope of securing future mega fights with such as Floyd Mayweather, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner who are also on Haymon's roster.

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