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Boxing Athlete – Amir Khan
Amir Khan, born December 8, 1986, is a British Asian boxer of Pakistani origin from Bolton, Greater Manchester, England.
Khan rose to fame as Britain’s sole representative in boxing at the 2004 Athens Olympics, winning a silver medal at the age of 17 in the lightweight boxing category. He was Britain’s youngest Olympic boxer since Colin Jones in 1976. He lost in the final to Mario Kindelan of Cuba, who was widely regarded as the best pound for pound amateur boxer in the world. In 2005 he avenged this loss by defeating Kindelan in his last amateur fight.
Despite declaring after the 2004 Olympics that he would pursue a Gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Khan turned professional in 2005, signing with England’s leading boxing promoter, Frank Warren. This was fuelled by a row with the English Amateur Boxing Association over the ticketing allocation for his family and friends at the English ABA Final’s.
He has won his first seven professional fights, drawing good reviews (although questions are often asked about the quality of his opponents, despite him being at a very early stage in his career). After winning his fifth fight in 75 seconds, he commented that “I went in there and did my job – I don’t get paid overtime. I would have loved to have shown more of myself but that’s the way the fight went.” It was the quickest victory of his professional career and his first six-round bout. In his 9th bout of his undefeated career Amir Khan won a victory by way of knockout to Ryan Barret who had prior to the fight said that he intended to win and not to make Amir Khan look good; but, despite an apparently suspect chin-making the bout a complete mismatch- looking good is exactly how Barret enabled Amir to appear.
Khan has announced his intention to be a World Champion by the time he is 21 – a move which prompted cries from boxing fans directed towards his promoter to increase the level of his opposition.