Amir Khan (boxer)
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Khan in 2009
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8 December 1986 |
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
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Amir Khan (born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer and two-time former world champion, having held the WBA and IBF light welterweight titles. He currently holds the WBC Silver welterweight title, and has fought at three weight classes: lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight.
Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest ever British world champions, winning the WBA light welterweight title at the age of 22. The International Business Times ranked him the eighth best pound for pound boxer in 2011.
As an amateur, he scored notable wins over two-time Olympic gold medalist Mario Kindelán and future world champion Victor Ortiz. As a professional, Khan holds notable wins over nine world champions, including Andreas Kotelnik, Marcos Maidana, Julio Díaz, Luis Collazo, Chris Algieri, Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Zab Judah.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 3.1 Lightweight
- 3.2 Light Welterweight
- 3.3 Welterweight
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Outside boxing
- 6 Trainers
- 7 Honours
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Khan was born and raised in Bolton, England. He belongs to a Pakistani Punjabi Rajput family with roots in Matore village of Kahuta Tehsil, located in Rawalpindi district of the Punjab. He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton, and Bolton Community College. Khan is Muslim, and a member of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, along with being an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards.
Khan has two sisters and one brother, Haroon "Harry" Khan, an undefeated professional boxer. He is the first cousin of English cricketer Sajid Mahmood, related through a paternal grandfather, Lal Khan Janjua, who moved to England after being discharged from the Pakistan Army 
Khan began to box competitively at the age of 11, with early honours including three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. In early 2004 he won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania, and in South Korea several months later he won world junior lightweight title after fighting five times in seven days. One of his notable early amateur fights was against Victor Ortíz, whom he defeated in a second round stoppage. Overall, he compiled an amateur record of 101–9.
2004 Olympic Games
Khan qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by finishing in first place at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He was Britain's sole representative in boxing at the Athens Games, 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, the Cuban who had also beaten him several months earlier in the pre-Olympic match-ups in Greece. In 2005 he avenged the two losses by beating the 34-year-old Kindelan in his last amateur fight.
- 2003 – Won a gold medal at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
- 2004 – Won a gold medal at the European Student Championships and the World Junior Championships.
- 2004 – Won the Strandja Cup to qualify for the Olympics in Athens
- 2004 – Won an amateur match against Victor Ortíz, who was stopped in the second round.
- 2004 – Won a silver medal at the Olympics, beating Marios Kaperonis, Dimitar Stilianov, Jong Sub Baik and Serik Yeleuov. He lost to Mario Kindelan in the final.
- 2005 – Beat Craig Watson on points in the ABA Championships.
- 2005 – Won the last match of his amateur career beating Mario Kindelan 19–13 at the Reebok Stadium.
On 2 February 2008, Khan was scheduled to fight Martin Kristjansen, but illness forced the Dane to withdraw and instead Khan beat Australian Gary St Clair in a contest for the Commonwealth lightweight title at the ExCel Arena in London. This was his first fight to last all 12 rounds and was won via a unanimous 120–108 scoring from all three ringside judges.
On 5 April 2008, Khan beat Kristjansen in the seventh round of a WBO lightweight Title Eliminator. Before the contest, the fighters had been ranked third and fourth respectively by the WBO. After Khan's victory, he was ranked second, behind only Joel Casamayor.
Following the fight, Khan split from his trainer Oliver Harrison, the trainer for all of his previous 17 professional contests. The break-up was blamed on Harrison's concerns that Khan's public engagements were interfering with his fight preparations. Khan's spokesman told reporters there was "nothing personal" between Khan and Harrison. Dean Powell, who has trained former world champions Duke McKenzie and Lloyd Honeyghan, worked with Khan until a decision on a permanent trainer was made. In the same month, Khan had a training session in Las Vegas with Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Khan fought on 21 June 2008, at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham against Irishman Michael Gomez. Gomez, a super featherweight champion who was reaching the end of his career and had lost the last one of his six fights, was described as a "backward step" in Khan's quest for a world title. Khan stated "I think I'm above this level now" and made it clear that he expected a fast and explosive finish to the fight knocking down Gomez two times in the fight and a great finish. However, after the fight, Khan said he felt he had moved up a level by "fighting a good fighters like Gomez". Khan received criticism for being knocked down in the second round, but proved his resilience by coming back stronger after this. Former boxing champion Barry McGuigan seemed unimpressed after the fight and said Khan needed at least two more fights before he should consider a world title bout.
A month after the Gomez fight, it was announced that Jorge Rubio would become Khan's new trainer. Rubio was chosen because Khan thought that he had very good chemistry with the Cuban trainer. Khan said, "Rubio was showing me all these new training techniques, and I felt so comfortable because it suited my style. I knew I had the hand speed and the footwork to do it and I knew it was going to make me a much better fighter".
In early August, the lightweight Breidis Prescott was chosen by Rubio as Khan's next opponent. Rubio had trained a fighter who had narrowly lost to Prescott before and thought that Khan would be able to handle the bigger Prescott, who had a prolific knock-out record of 17 KOs in 19 contests. On 6 September 2008, Khan was a huge favourite and was hoping to win a world title by the end of the year. Prescott came out fast in the fight and landed some good shots; a stiff jab jerked Khan's head back and foreshadowed what was to come. Prescott landed a left hook that jabbed Khan's temple; dizzying his senses. Instead of holding, Khan tried to punch back, but instead was punched on the head by a left hook, right hook combo, sending him crashing to the canvas. He managed to get to his feet. Prescott ended it for good with another left that put Khan down again. This time, he was unable to get up. It was officially over in 55 seconds.The fight was at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Khan's Sky Box Office debut.
Following his defeat to Prescott, Frank Warren sacked Khan's trainer Jorge Rubio and replaced him with Freddie Roach. Khan began training with Roach in the United States, where he sparred with then WBC lightweight champion and pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao, who is also being trained by Roach. On 6 December 2008, Khan recorded a comeback win against Oisin Fagan in a second-round stoppage. With victory, Khan won the vacant WBA International lightweight title. Khan knocked Fagan down twice in the first round and Fagan's corner threw in the towel in the second, after being knocked down again.
Khan vs. Barrera
In early 2009, it was announced that Khan would fight former seven-time and three-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera on 14 March, at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Frank Warren promoted Khan's fight against the veteran Barrera, perhaps Khan's highest-profile opponent to date. Barrera was ranked No. 1 and Khan No. 5 in the WBO world lightweight rankings. Previous IBF and WBO lightweight title holder Nate Campbell was stripped of the belts after moving up to the light welterweight division and Khan's promoter Frank Warren and Barrera's promoter Don King lobbied the WBO to elevate the Khan-Barrera fight to a world lightweight title eliminator. However, the world-title status was instead given to the fight between Juan Manuel Márquez and Juan Diaz, ranked No. 2 and No. 3 respectively by the WBO.
On 14 March 2009, at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, Khan defeated Barrera, by a technical decision. The fight was stopped towards the end of the fifth round due to Barrera suffering a cut in the first round, which resulted from a clash of heads. With Barrera deemed in no position to fight on by the ringside doctor, the fight then went to the scorecards where Khan was ahead on all three (50–44, 50–45, 50–45). With victory, Khan defended his WBA International lightweight title and also won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title.
Frank Warren was sufficiently impressed with Khan's performance that he vowed to land a world title fight for him before the end of the year.
There was a lot on his shoulders, but I always felt he could rise to the big occasion. I'd like to see him get a belt round his waist by the end of this year.
Khan also commented on the fight, saying:
I felt so completely easy, catching him with jabs. I felt like I was on a better level than him. The jabbing and patience – I felt so strong. You could see the difference. I had to take some shots in that match. I made some mistakes in the past and I'm not going to make them again.
Khan vs. Kotelnik, Salita
On 18 July 2009, Khan moved up to the light welterweight division to fight Andreas Kotelnik at the MEN Arena in Manchester for the WBA light welterweight title. Khan won by a unanimous decision, 120–108, 118–111, 118–111, and became the third-youngest Brit to win a world title, at the age of 22.
On 6 October 2009, Frank Warren confirmed that Khan would defend his WBA light welterweight title against undefeated Ukrainian American boxer Dmitry Salita, the mandatory challenger, on 5 December, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Due to Khan being a practising Muslim and Salita being an Orthodox Jew, the fight was hyped as a religious clash by the media, referring to it as a "battle of faiths" or "holy war", though Khan and Salita have both denied such claims. On 5 December 2009, Khan defeated mandatory challenger Salita in 76 seconds, winning by TKO in the first round. Salita was knocked down three times, the first time after just 10 seconds into the fight. It was the first ever loss of Salita's career.
Khan vs. Malignaggi, Maidana
On 9 March 2010, Golden Boy Promotions confirmed that WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan and former light welterweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi would hold a press conference in London to announce their world title bout set for 15 May at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. This was Khan's first bout in the United States of America. The fight was for the WBA light welterweight title, which Khan won in the 11th round. Immediately after the fight, Khan stated he wanted to fight Marcos Maidana next, and that he would not be leaving the light welterweight division until he had unified the various belts, suggesting that the way to do this would be for him to fight Maidana, and then go on to face the winner of a Devon Alexander vs. Timothy Bradley match.
Khan successfully defended his title for the third time against WBA interim champion and mandatory challenger, Marcos Maidana who held a record of 29 wins, 27 knockouts and only 1 loss. Khan hurt Maidana in the first round with a body shot, consequently knocking down Maidana. Maidana regained composure and continued to battle on. In mid-way through round 10, Khan was stunned by a heavy right hand. Nevertheless, Khan won a unanimous points decision. The fight was awarded Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Khan vs. McCloskey, Judah
Khan took on Paul McCloskey in his next fight. The 31-year-old Northern Irishman was unbeaten in 22 fights and was ranked world number 10. Khan won a sixth-round technical decision after Paul McCloskey was cut by an unintentional head-butt and could not go on in the estimation of the ring doctor. The heads of Khan and McCloskey collided about two minutes into the sixth round, causing a bad cut on the inside of McCloskey's left eyebrow. Another tactical few rounds followed, with Khan the main aggressor. In the decisive sixth, a five-punch combination from Khan staggered McCloskey and moments later the pair went toe-to-toe before McCloskey wheeled away and noticed blood coming from around his left eye.
Khan had some trouble with the awkward and resilient southpaw, who was difficult to hit cleanly, but he was both too quick and too busy for McCloskey, winning all six rounds on all three cards.
On 31 May 2011, Khan agreed to fight Zab Judah in attempt to unify the IBF and WBA Light Welterweight titles in Las Vegas on 23 July. Amir Khan started the fight with a left jab. Round 1 saw a busy Amir Khan as he fought from the outside and kept Judah away with jabs and straights. All four rounds were taken by Khan. Ultimately on the fifth round Zab was taken down with a right uppercut to the body, in which at first commentators believed it was a low blow, since Judah was showing signs of agonising pain, but when it was seen from a different camera angle, it was right on the belt, leading to an 18th knockout for Amir Khan in his career so far.
Khan vs. Peterson, Garcia
Lamont Peterson defeated Khan for the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in Washington DC on 10 December 2011 by split decision.
Khan was docked 2 points in rounds 7 and 12 by the referee Joe Cooper for pushing. Peterson and Khan both boxed well and two judges scored it 113–112 to Peterson, with the other 115–110 to Khan (originally announced as 114–111 to Khan). It was later found that Peterson had tested positive for peds and was stripped of the WBA title. Lamont Peterson admitted to the use of steroids shortly after.
His next fight was on 14 July 2012, in Las Vegas, against the undefeated American Danny Garcia for the WBC Championship. At the pre-fight press conference on 4 June, Khan and Garcia's fathers got into a heated exchange resulting in both fighters promising to knock the other out on 14 July. Khan also stated his desire to move up to the 147 lbs division if successful against Garcia, for potential bouts with high-profile boxers like Floyd Mayweather and Timothy Bradley, although Bradley has previously rejected a fight with Khan in order for a fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Khan entered the Garcia fight as a heavy favourite and through the first two rounds and most of the third he seemed to be on his way to a decisive victory as Garcia was not offering much of a defence. However, the tide turned against Khan very late in the third round as Garcia was able to land a hard counterpunch off a missed right. Khan hit the canvas and after appearing to be on his way to an easy round victory suddenly had to fight to stay alive as Garcia's punch had left him wobbly. Only the bell saved Khan from a second knockdown, but Garcia kept pressing early in round four and Khan was forced to take a second standing eight count after he touched the canvas with his glove. Khan regrouped and was temporarily able to go back at Garcia, but with less than a minute left in the round Khan was dropped a third time. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight despite Khan assuring him he could continue, deciding enough was enough.
Khan vs. Molina
Soon after Khan joined with new trainer Virgil Hunter it was announced that he would make his comeback fight against undefeated American Carlos Molina (17–0, 7 KOs). The fight was aired on Showtime, on 15 December 2012, and took place in the LA Sports Arena in California. Khan defeated Molina by TKO in the tenth round and won the WBC Silver Light Welterweight title.
Khan vs. Diaz
Following his victory over Molina, Khan returned to the UK, for a fight against Julio Díaz on 27 April 2013 in a 143 lbs 'catch-weight' bout. Khan was able to control some of the fight and managed to survive a fourth-round knockdown from Diaz. Khan managed to hold on throughout the fight to go onto win the fight by a fairly close unanimous decision. The scorecards; Phil Edwards 114–113 – Steve Gray 115–113 – Terry O'Connor 115–112.
Khan vs. Collazo
Khan vs. Alexander
On 13 December 2014, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Khan produced a dominant performance to secure a unanimous points victory over American Devon Alexander. All three judges scored heavily in Khan's favour, 119–109, 118–110 and 120–108, after his victory Khan reiterated his desire to fight American Floyd Mayweather.
Khan vs. Algieri
After Khan himself initially announced the fight on his wife's YouTube channel on 3 April, a welterweight bout against Chris Algieri was later finalized to take to place on 29 May 2015, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York . Khan won the match by Unanimous decision, winning on all three judges scorecards (115-113, 117-111 and 117-111).
Professional boxing record
On 29 January 2012, Khan became engaged to Pakistani-American student, Faryal Makhdoom of Staten Island, NY. A thousand friends and family were in attendance, including boxer Ricky Hatton. The couple finally married on 31 May 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The couple then flew back to Khan's hometown of Bolton where a second celebration, a traditional Walima, took place in Manchester, which included 4,000 guests. Their first child, a daughter named Lamaisah, was born on 23 May 2014.
Charitable and community work
Khan has past and present involvements in supporting charitable and community causes. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he was among those who raised money for its victims, and in the following year he visited Pakistan to dispense food in a camp set up after the Kashmir earthquake. He has also been involved with a campaign that promotes child safety around British railways, one that seeks improvements to the criminal justice system, and another that encourages men to play a role in ending violence against women.
- Khan was involved in a TV programme for Channel 4, Amir Khan's Angry Young Men, which consisted of three 50-minute episodes. The programme centred around troubled angry men and aimed to use the disciplines of boxing, coupled with faith and family values, to help re-focus their lives and steer them away from trouble in the future. It was screened in August/September 2007.
- Khan was nominated for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
Motoring offences and incidents
On 23 October 2007, Khan was convicted of careless driving at Bolton Crown Court and given a six-month driving ban and a £1000 fine. The conviction related to an incident that occurred on 2 March 2006 in the centre of Bolton, when Khan's car hit and broke the leg of Geoffrey Hatton, a pedestrian who was using a pelican crossing while Khan was travelling at 47 mph in a 30 mph zone and overtaking in the wrong lane. He was cleared of dangerous driving but charged with the lesser offence of careless driving and the pedestrian received an interim payment of £40,000. Geoffrey Hatton never fully recovered from the incident and died two years afterwards from a gastrointestinal bleed with Khan passing on his sympathies.
Khan was also summoned to appear in court in Rochdale on 26 October 2007, accused of travelling in excess of 140 mph on the M62 motorway on 31 December 2006. He failed to appear and the case was adjourned to 2 November 2007, with the District Judge warning that he would issue an arrest warrant if the accused did not appear by then. He was also charged with not producing his driving licence and insurance certificate. On 7 January 2008, Khan was fined £1000 and banned for 42 days for the speeding offence.
On 12 July 2009, Khan was once again involved in a motoring incident, this time a collision with a young cyclist. However, no action was taken against Khan after police concluded that he was not to blame for the incident in Moor Lane, Bolton, following interviews with a number of witnesses.
- Oliver Harrison (July 2005 – April 2008)
- Jorge Rubio (July 2008 – September 2008)
- Freddie Roach (October 2008 – September 2012)
- Virgil Hunter (September 2012 – present)
He was a 2005 nominee for the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year. He was a nominee for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award after defeating Zab Judah.
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|Awards and achievements|
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
18 July 2009 – 23 July 2011
Marcos René Maidana
Interim Champion Promoted
as Regular Champion
Title last held byRicky Hatton
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
23 July 2011 – 11 December 2011
|IBF Junior Welterweight Champion
23 July 2011 – 11 December 2011
|WBA Super Lightweight Champion
11 July 2012 – 15 July 2012
|WBO Lightweight Champion
5 April 2008 – 6 September 2008
|Commonwealth Lightweight Champion
14 July 2007 – 21 June 2008
Title next held byLee McAllister
|New title||WBA Lightweight Champion
6 December 2008 – 18 July 2009
Title next held byJavier Castro
Title last held byBreidis Prescott
|WBO Lightweight Champion
14 March 2009 – 18 July 2009
Title next held byKevin Mitchell
|New title||WBC Super Lightweight Champion
Interim Silver Title
15 December 2012 – 27 April 2013
Title next held byLuca Giacon
Title last held byLuis Abregú
|WBC Welterweight Champion
3 May 2014 – present
|WBA Welterweight Champion
3 May 2014 – 13 December 2014
Title next held byFrancisco Santana