Amir Khan Success Story
Amir Iqbal Khan was born on the 8th of December, 1986. He is a well-known British professional boxer , promoter and philanthropist. He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA (later Super ) title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008. He also held the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016, and once challenged for the WBC and Ring magazine middleweight titles in 2016. As an amateur , Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics , becoming at the age of 17, Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medalist. He is also one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. In 2007, he was named ESPN prospect of the year. Outside of boxing, he is a philanthropist with his own charity organisation- Amir Khan Foundation. He is also a promoter and sponsor , the owner of Khan Promotions and Pakistan ‘s Amir Khan Academy, and a co-owner of India ‘s Super Fight League ( MMA) and Super Boxing League .
As a celebrity , he has also participated in several reality television and game shows. In 2017, Khan appeared on the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He was the highest-paid contestant in the history of the show. Khan was born and raised in Bolton , Greater Manchester , to a Punjabi Rajput family with roots in Matore village of Kahuta Tehsil, located in Rawalpindi district of the Punjab, Pakistan. He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton, and Bolton Community College . Khan is a Muslim, and a member of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. He is an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards . Khan has two sisters and one brother – Haroon known as ‘Harry Khan’ who is also a 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 a world junior lightweight title after fighting five times in seven days. One of his notable early amateur fights was against Victor Ortiz , whom he defeated in a second round stoppage. Overall, he compiled an amateur record of 101–9. 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. His Olympic fights drew an audience of nearly 8 million viewers on BBC, including 8 million viewers watching his final Olympic match with Kindelan. His 2005 rematch with Kindelan drew an audience of 6.3 million viewers on ITV.