Former World Boxing Champion Amir Khan is about to change Pakistan’s sporting arena, he plans to open a new Boxing Academy there to help promote fresh talent.
Amir Iqbal Khan, the British professional boxer who won an Olympic Silver medal (lightweight category) at the young age of 17 is all set to give a facelift to his sport in his ancestral country, Pakistan.
He is known as the ‘King’ of the ring owing to fiery bouts and an impeccable record of 30 Wins and only 3 Losses.
Out of those 30 Wins, 19 were the outcome of knockouts. He is a former two-time world champion, winning WBA, WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight titles defeating heavier opponents.
Khan was nominated in 2005 for the ‘Laureus World Sports Award’ for ‘Breakthrough of the Year’ and also nominated for the 2011 ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award’.
Owing to the recent Taliban attack on a Peshawar Army School in Pakistan on 16 December 2014 in which Taliban militants attacked and killed 141 people, 132 of them were children, Amir Khan decided to take a philanthropic step and donated his lucky boxing shorts for charity and also offered funds to help rebuild the school. He was deeply moved by this incident and strived to support people fighting against terrorism, including veteran Cricket legend Imran Khan.
He has now decided to gift aspiring pugilists in the country with a boxing academy, which will train world class boxers. He is already in talks with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to discuss methods of promoting sports in the province. They both commented on the high prospects Pakistan’s youngsters have in sports.
Amir said “Pakistan is a safe and peaceful country. We all should be good Muslims”.
The academy is slated to be built in Lahore, according to speculated reports.