Resurgent up at welterweight, Amir Khan faces potentially
dangerous Chris Algieri LIVE on BoxNation this Friday night from
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
Here, we take you through 17 random facts you might not have
known about the 28-year-old.
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1) Amir Iqbal Khan was born in Bolton
on the 8th December 1986. His family originally hail from
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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