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Amir Iqbal Khan (born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer.[1] 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. He held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008, the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016, and challenged once for a middleweight world title in 2016.

Amir Khan
Amir Khan.jpg
Khan in 2009
Real name Amir Iqbal Khan
Nickname(s) King
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)[1][2][3][4][5]
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 31)
Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 31
Wins by KO 19
Losses 4

As an amateur, Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics, becoming Britain's youngest boxing Olympic medallist at the age of 17.[6] He is also one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. In July 2011, the International Business Times ranked Khan as the world's 8th best active boxer, pound for pound,[7] while BoxRec ranked him 13th best, pound for pound, in April 2016.[8]

Outside of boxing, he has worked as a philanthropist and mixed martial arts promoter. In 2007, he was named prospect of the year.[9] Between 19 November 2017 and 8 December 2017 Khan competed in the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, which aired on ITV. He was the seventh person to be eliminated from the show and finished in fifth place.


Early life

Khan was born and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to a Punjabi Rajput family[10][11] with roots in Matore village of Kahuta Tehsil, located in Rawalpindi district of the Punjab, Pakistan.[10][11] He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton,[12] and Bolton Community College. Khan is Muslim,[13] and a member of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order,[14][15] along with being an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards.[16]

Khan has two sisters and one brother, Haroon "Harry" Khan, an undefeated professional boxer.[17] 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.[18]

Amateur career

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.[19] 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 Ortíz, whom he defeated in a second round stoppage. Overall, he compiled an amateur record of 101–9.

2004 Olympics

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 Kindelán, 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.


Professional career


Early career

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.[20] Khan's spokesman told reporters there was "nothing personal" between Khan and Harrison.[21] 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.[20]

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.[22] 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".[23] 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.[citation needed]

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".[citation needed]

Khan vs. Prescott

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28]

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.[28]

Light welterweight

Khan vs. Kotelnik, Salita

It was announced on April 8, 2009 Khan would move up to the light welterweight division to fight Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1, 13 KOs) at the MEN Arena in Manchester for the WBA light welterweight title on 18 July. Khan Said, "This is the best news that I could have received. To fight for the world title in only my 22nd fight and at the age of just 22 is fantastic. Frank has done a great job getting the world title fight for me in Britain and now I have to go out win it." This would be Kotelnik's fourth title defense.[29] Khan won by a unanimous decision, 120–108, 118–111, 118–111, in front of 10,000, and became the third-youngest Brit to win a world title, at the age of 22.[30] Khan's lightning hand speed and fitness gave him the advantages to go well ahead on points in the first ten rounds. Kotelnik rallied in the closing rounds but could not land a decisive punch on Khan, Kotelnik throwing everything he had in the final two stanzas. After the fight, Khan said, "It's the best feeling ever. I want to thank Freddie Roach and my team for making this happen. I'm a world champion and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm still young and I've got big things to come."[31][32]

On 6 October 2009, Frank Warren confirmed that Khan would defend his WBA light welterweight title against undefeated Ukrainian American boxer Dmitry Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs), the mandatory challenger, on 5 December, at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.[33] 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.[34][35] On 5 December 2009, Khan defeated 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.[36][37]

On 17 January 2010, Khan announced he had split with British promoter Frank Warren and signed a deal with Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions, with Khan's fights moving back to ITV.[38]

Khan vs. Malignaggi

Khan (left) and Malignaggi at the press conference on 17 March 2010.

On 9 March 2010, Golden Boy Promotions confirmed that 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.[39][40] This was Khan's first bout in the United States and defending his WBA light welterweight title for a second time. In front of 4,412, in a once-sided fight, Khan retained his title after referee ref Steve Smoger halted the fight at 1:25 of round 11. In the aftermath Malignaggi admitted he lost to the better man, saying, "I've fought two elite fighters, Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. From here, I'm not sure where I go. I'll sit down with my team. I don't want to be a punching bag." Khan showed his speed, power and combinations throughout the fight and proved to be too much for Malignaggi.[41][42]

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.[43]

Khan vs. Maidana

Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs), after failing to challenge undefeated WBO junior welterwight champion Timothy Bradley, postponed the fight to June 19 due to a back injury suffered by Maidana.[44] On 3 May, Maidana pulled out of the fight yet again, still citing his back as the problem. The fight had already been rescheduled from 19 June to 17 July, and Bradley went on to fight Luis Carlos Abregu on 17 July, instead of Maidana.[45] After failing to secure the fight with Bradley, Maidana's camp announced that he would fight former-WBO junior welterweight champ DeMarcus Corley, on 28 August 2010 at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maidana went on to go and win by unanimous decision.[46] Khan was looking for a good opponent to next challenge him for his title. One of his possible opponents was Lightweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez decided not to move up in weight and stayed at lightweight. Maidana then stated his intention to fight Khan: "Stop looking for possible opponents for next Khan 11 December in England. Stop looking for lightweight boxers and face the real 140-pounders. I'll go to Khan's home soil to take the other portion of the WBA title that belongs to me."[47] The fight was confirmed on 16 September to take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on 11 December. Khan was reported to earn at least $1.5 million compared to Maidana who had a purse of $550,000.[48]

Khan successfully defended his title for the third time against Maidana. Khan knocked Maidana down with a combination of 2 body shots in the first round. Maidana was saved by the bell but somehow regained composure and continued to battle on. Khan dominated the scoring until tiring around round 7. Maidana rallied and midway through round 10 stunned Khan with a heavy right hand. Maidana landed a series of follow up uppercuts and rights but could not drop Khan. Khan then rallied to win rounds 11 and 12 to solidify a unanimous points decision. The scores were 114-111, 114-111, 113-112. Khan was open to a rematch. Khan landed 273 of 603 punches thrown (45%) and Maidana landed 156 of 767 thrown (20%).[49] The fight was awarded Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.[50]

Khan vs. McCloskey, Judah

On 4 February 2011, Khan announced a deal had been signed to defend his WBA title against Irish boxer and European champion Paul McCloskey in his next fight, who was unbeaten in 22 fights and was ranked world number 10. The fight was scheduled to take place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 6 April.[51][52] 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.[53] 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.[54][55] Primetime, who broadcast the fight on pay-per-view instead of Sky Box Office, reported the fight generated 70,000 buys.[56] The fight was shown in the US on HBO and averaged 1.2 million viewers.[57]

On 31 May 2011, Khan agreed to fight 33 year old two-weight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) in attempt to unify the IBF and WBA light welterweight titles in Las Vegas on 23 July. Judah had reclaimed the IBF title two months earlier against Kaizer Mabuza. Khan was unhappy that a fight with Bradley could not be made. He said, "Bradley was the guy I wanted to fight but he chickened out. I offered him 50% of UK revenue, which is unheard of, and 50% of all revenue in America, that's how much I wanted to fight him, but he didn't want it." The fight was broadcast on Primetime in UK and HBO in USA.[58][59] 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 Khan in his career so far. Khan later rejected claims for the low blow saying, "He went down. It was above the belt. Zab's a great fighter. I respect him a lot. But it was nowhere near below [the belt]. It was a great shot."[60] Over 5 rounds, Khan landed 61 of 284 total punches (21%) and Judah landed 20 of 115 (17%).[61][62][63] For the fight, Khan earned $1,072,500 and Judah had a $500,000 purse.[64] The fight averaged 1.4 million viewers on HBO.[57]

Khan vs. Peterson

In August 2011, Khan began chasing a big money fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. possibly for 2012. Mayweather Promotions boxer Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) began calling out Khan for a potential fight. Speaking to, Mayweather said, "Jessie Vargas wants to know why Amir Khan is ducking and dodging. He's asking for him. Everybody is ducking and dodging him. He's my fighter and he wants [Khan]."[65] Speaking on a radio show, Vargas said, "He keeps saying he wants to fight Floyd. If he really wants to fight Floyd then he has to fight me first."[66] In respect to Vargas, Khan hit back stating, "Never heard of Jessie Vargas until Floyd Mayweather mentioned that I have to fight him. He looks good, yes, but only has 16 fights. He's a prospect and I'm a unified world champion. If Jessie Vargas fights and gets past Marcos Maidana - then I'll fight him. Like Floyd said - 'you have to earn it.'[67]

In September 2011, it was announced that Khan would defend his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles in Washington DC on 10 December against Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at the Convention Center.[68] In front of a near sell out crowd of 8,647, Peterson defeated Khan for the by split decision in a very controversial affair. Khan was docked 2 points in rounds 7 and 12 by the referee Joe Cooper for pushing, although illegal pushing is not usually met with such harsh consequences, the HBO team picked up on this. Peterson was dropped to the canvas twice, although the first time was counted as a slip instead of a legitimate knockdown. Both fighters 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). Some observers felt it was a hometown robbery as Peterson is from Washington DC, while many felt that Khan wasn't treated fairly.[69]

ESPN's Dan Rafael score the fight 114-111 in favour of Khan. HBO's unofficial scorer, Harold Lederman, scored it 113-112, also for Khan. After the fight Khan said, "It was like I was against two people, the referee and Lamont himself. I was the cleaner fighter; he was so wild. The referee wasn't giving me a chance. I heard the referee give me a warning [for pushing], but there was nothing I could do. He kept coming in with his head. There hasn't been [HBO] boxing in D.C. for the last [18] years because this is what happens." Khan earned a base purse of $1.1 million, while Peterson earned a career-high $650,000 purse.[70]

A rematch was due to take place on 19 May.[71] It was later found that Peterson had tested positive for PEDs and was stripped of the WBA title. He admitted to the use of steroids shortly after. Khan was then reinstated as the WBA champion.[72]

Khan vs. García

On 23 May 2012, ESPN announced that Khan would next fight against the undefeated American Danny García for the WBC title. At the pre-fight press conference on 4 June, Khan and García'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 García, 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. At the time the fight was announced, WBC were unsure whether to sanction the fight, as García had a mandatory defence due against Ajose Olusegun. The fight was scheduled to take place on 14 July 2012, in Las Vegas.[73]

Khan entered the García fight as a heavy favourite and through the first two rounds and most of the third he outlanded García while García was finding the range. However, the tide turned against Khan very late in the third round as García was able to land a hard counterpunch off a missed right. Khan hit the canvas and suddenly had to fight to stay alive as García's punch to the neck and jaw badly hurt him. Only the bell saved Khan from a second knockdown and García kept pressing early in round four, forcing Khan 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 García, 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. After the fight, Khan said, "It wasn't my night. I was coming in with my hands down and Danny took advantage of that. He countered very well against me." According to CompuBox stats, Khan landed 92 of 206 punches thrown (45%), with 46 jabs and 46 power shots landed. García landed 65 of his 216 thrown (30%), 60 of which were power shots.[74][75][76] Khan earned $950,000, while García had a $520,000 purse. Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the fight generated a total gate of $426,152 from 3,147 tickets sold.[77] The fight averaged 1.3 million viewers on HBO World Championship Boxing.[57]

Khan vs. Molina

A week 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.[78] Khan defeated Molina by TKO in the tenth round and won the WBC Silver light welterweight title. Khan pushed Molina onto the back foot and landed a sharp right hand that cut Molina over the left eye. Khan was stiffened by a right hook in the second before steadying the ship and resuming control of the contest. Molina's cut deteriorating badly and taking plenty of punishment. Referee Jack Reiss suggested his corner pull him out at the end of the ninth, however Molina was sent out for more, despite it being abundantly clear that he did not have the tools to do Khan much damage. Khan started to let his hands go more in round 10, after which his corner finally decided it had seen enough.[79][80][81] Khan landed 312 of 679 punches thrown (46%), an equal amount of jabs and power shots were landed. Molina was less busier, landing 87 of 335 (26%).[82]

After defeating Molina, American boxer Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO) became the front-runner to fight Khan next in April 2013. It was said that Lopez would be returning to the welterweight after being beaten at light middleweight by Canelo Álvarez.[83]


Khan vs. Diaz, Collazo

Following his victory over Molina, Khan returned to the UK, for a fight against 33 year old Julio Díaz (40-7-1, 29 KOs) on 27 April 2013 in a 143 lbs 'catch-weight' bout. The fight took place at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.[84][85] 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. In the aftermath, Khan praised Díaz, He caught me while I was off balance, and I couldn't get my stance back. I went down. I kept moving to recompose myself. That's what happens. There are little things to work on when we go back in the gym." Khan stated the fight could be his last in the UK.[86][87]

Despite interest in a bout with Khan, Floyd Mayweather announced that he would fight 30 year old Marcos Maidana (35–3, 31 KOs) on 3 May 2014. On 24 March, Khan decided to fight 32 year old former champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) on the undercard at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.[88] Prior to the fight, Collazo han't lost since October 2011.[89] The fight was for the vacant WBA International welterweight title and WBA title eliminator as well as Vacant WBC Silver title. Khan was too fast and too disciplined for Collazo, flooring him in the fourth round and twice in the 10th. The judges scored the fight 117-106, 119-104, 119-104 in Khan's favour.[90] Khan and Collazo both incurred point deductions in round 8. Collazo hit Khan with a low blow while Khan was holding his head down. Collazo's failed approach resulted in a mismatch on the scorecards. Collazo fought with his hands down most of the night, unafraid of Khan, believing Khan had no power and he would eventually knock him out. In the post fight interview in the ring after the bout, Khan credited his 12 months of boxing training with Virgil Hunter for his success. Khan's purse for the fight was $1.5m while Collazo earned $350,000.[91][92]

Khan vs. Alexander

On 13 August 2014, Khan stated that he was in talks to fight either Devon Alexander or Robert Guerrero, possibly in the UK by the end of the year.[93] On 21 October, one year after pulling out of the fight, it was announced that Khan would fight former two-weight world champion Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs). The fight took place on 13 December at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime in the US and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.[94][95][96] In front of 7,768 in attendance, Khan produced a dominant performance to secure a unanimous points victory over Alexander. All three judges scored heavily in Khan's favour, 119–109, 118–110 and 120–108 ESPN's Dan Rafael scored it a 120-108 shutout for Khan. Alexander followed Khan around the ring throughout but was unable to land more than one punch at a time as Khan met him in his tracks with hard combinations.[97] After his victory Khan reiterated his desire to fight American Floyd Mayweather. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya said, "So now I know why Mayweather doesn't want to fight him. He was brilliant. I wouldn't have fought him. He is hitting his peak just now. He looked incredible." Khan outlanded Alexander 243 to 91, according to CompuBox, and connected on 43 percentage of his shots, compared to just 20 percent for Alexander. Khan earned $950,000 and Alexander was paid $600,000 for the fight.[98][99][100] The fight averaged 762,000 and peaked 887,000 viewers.[101]

Khan vs. Algieri

After Khan himself initially announced the fight on his wife's YouTube channel on 3 April, a welterweight bout against former WBO super lightweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) was later finalized to take to place on 29 May 2015, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[102][103] Khan won the bout by unanimous decision, winning on all three judges scorecards (115–113, 117–111 and 117–111).[104] Khan counterpunched effectively from the outside after being surprised with Algieri's aggression majority of rounds in a fairly close contest. Algieri fought a far better fight than he did against Manny Pacquiao, throwing more punches and landing some power shots. Khan landed 218 of 609 punches thrown (36%), while Algieri landed on 199 of 703 (28%), most of which were in the opening six rounds. Following the victory, Khan was now 5-0 against New York opponents. He again called out Mayweather saying, "I think everybody knows Amir Khan wants to fight Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather is a champion, so let's make it happen." Khan made $1.5 million and Algieri earned a $500,000 purse.[105][106] The fight, which took place on Spike, averaged 1 million viewers and peaked at 1.2 million.[107]


Khan vs. Álvarez

In early 2016, it was announced that Khan is moving up two weight divisions to middleweight, to fight Saul "Canelo" Álvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) for his lineal, Ring and WBC world middleweight championship titles. The fight took place on 7 May 2016, at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.[108][109] The bout was on HBO PPV.[110][111] Golden Boy Promotions expected the fight to bring in 2 million PPV buys. Canelo was likely to be getting a career payday against Khan because this is a fight that will almost surely bring in more PPV buys on HBO than Canelo's last fight against Miguel Cotto last November. That fight brought in 900,000 PPV buys on HBO.[112] Khan eventually lost to Álvarez by way of knockout in Round 6. Although many believe Khan was ahead on points including ESPN, two of the ringside judges had Canelo ahead after five round (49-46 & 48-47), the third judge had Khan ahead (48-47).[113] With the scorecards heading towards a split decision halfway through the fight, Khan admitted, "it may have been a blessing being knocked out in the 6th round, rather than an upset loss on the scorecards after 12 rounds.[114] According to CompuBox, Alvarez landed 64 of 170 (38 percent) and Khan landed 48 of 166 punches (29 percent), though only one of their shots really mattered.[115]

The fight generated a live gate of $7,417,350, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That total came from 13,072 tickets sold, far short of a sellout. The Alvarez-Khan gross places it 34th-best in Nevada history.[116] On pay-per-view, the fight sold around 600,000 PPV buys and grossed about $30 million. This made it one of the biggest recent PPV fights, behind Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Álvarez, and surpassing Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III and Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Andre Berto.[117]

Return to welterweight

On 26 February 2017, Khan and then-WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao both tweeted a deal had been reached between both camps for a 'super fight' to take place on April 23. Abu Dhabi and UAE were front runners to host the fight worth potentially £30 million, with USA and UK also being a possibility. Pacquiao was initially in negotiations to fight Jeff Horn in Australia, but held a poll asking the fans who he should fight next. Khan won the poll, thus setting up the fight.[118] The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, Zayed Sports City Stadium and Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi were being considered as the venue.[119][120][121][122] Speaking to Bob Arum on March 1, Pacquiao's adviser Michael Koncz confirmed the fight will take place on May 19 in the United States which means it would be a Friday night PPV and May 20 in the middle-east.[123] In the early morning of 2 March, Bob Arum stated that the date of the fight was not close to being set with Khan's representatives. Later that day, Khan's camp confirmed they had agreed the revised fight date.[124][125] Bob Arum told ESPN on 8 March that there was never a deal in place for the fight to take place, "It's kaddish for the UAE deal. It's dead." Arum also mentioned that if there was any chance the fight can take place, it would be in the second half of 2017 and that Khan would not be Pacquiao's next opponent.[126][127][128]

In October 2017, Khan's former promoter Frank Warren met him at the Boxing Writers’ Club dinner at the Savoy and offered Khan a return bout in the UK against fellow Brit Bradley Skeete.[129] Khan previously vowed to return by the end of 2017.[130]

Khan vs. Lo Greco

On 10 January 2018, during a live press conference in London, Khan signed a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Sport. The deal meant Khan would fight exclusively on Sky Sports, with his return bout in the UK taking place on 21 April at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.[131][132][133] on 29 January, Canadian boxer Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 17 KOs) was announced as his opponent.[134] At the official press conference on 30 January, a brawl broke out after Lo Greco said, "After the Canelo loss you went on a losing streak - family, wife and then you go out and tweet to the heavyweight champion of the world. What is wrong with you, mate?" Referring to Khan's personal life. Khan responded by throwing his glass full of water towards Lo Greco. The bout would be fought at a catchweight of 150 pounds, as requested by Lo Greco's team.[135][136] On 17 March, it was reported that Khan's trainer Virgil Hunter had been hospitalized due to a health scare, however was recovering well.[137] Khan later revealed he would train with Joe Goosen for the fight.[138][139] On 2 April, ESPN confirmed they would pick up the bout on their new app ESPN+, a $4.99 per month subscription streaming service, launching on 12 April.[140]


Outside boxing

Amir Khan Academy

Khan announced that he was building a boxing academy called the Amir Khan Academy to produce Pakistani boxing champions.[144]

Personal life

In addition to boxing, Khan enjoys participation in cricket, basketball, and football where he supports his local Bolton Wanderers team and had previously used the club's training facilities.[145]

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.[146] 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.[147][148] Their first child, a daughter named Lamaisah, was born on 23 May 2014.[149]

As of July 2013, his net worth was £23 million ($31 million).[150] In 2014, he earned $15 million that year, making him the sixth highest-earning boxer of 2014.[151]

In September 2013, Khan stated his plans to 'make Bolton better', by doing so, he would invest £5 million into a wedding and banqueting hall in Washington Street, Deane. This would also help create up to 125 jobs in the local area. Original plans were to be ready within 18 months, with an all glass front.[152] On 23 November, 2016 Khan made an announcement of the other businesses that would open alongside the banqueting hall, This included FMK make-up shop, to be run by his wife Faryal, Argeela Lounge, which is a shisha bar and restaurant, popular British-Asian curry firm My Lahore, another buffet restaurant and coffee shop.[153]

On 4 August 2017, Amir announced that he and Faryal had agreed to split.[154] In November 2017, photos emerged of Khan and his wife together. Khan later stated that he and his wife had reconciled.[155][156]

On 12 November 2017, Khan arrived in Brisbane, Australia. It was later confirmed that he would be a contestant on the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, which has been airing on ITV since 19 November 2017.[157][158] IBTimes revealed Khan was the highest paid contestant in the history of the showing beating previous record held by Katie Price, when she appeared for a second time on the show in 2009. Price reportedly earned £400,000. It was said that Khan would be paid 'a little more'. Campmates are paid between £25,000 to £250,000 for appearing on the show.[159][160] On 8 December 2017, Khan was the seventh person to be eliminated from the show, coming in 5th place overall. The episode which featured Khan's elimination aired in the UK on his 31st birthday.[161] He revealed he would donate part of his esarnings to Barnado's, for who is the ambassador.[162]

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,[163] and in the following year he visited Pakistan to dispense food in a camp set up after the Kashmir earthquake.[164] He has also been involved with a campaign that promotes child safety around British railways,[165] one that seeks improvements to the criminal justice system,[166] and another that encourages men to play a role in ending violence against women.[167]

Khan has supported various charities, including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), National Literacy Trust, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.[168]

In December 2013, Khan hosted a fundraising dinner to support Islamic Relief's Philippines Appeal in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, raising £83,400.[citation needed]

In 2015, he received an honorary degree from the University of Bolton for his contributions to sport and charity.[169]


  • 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.[170]

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.[171] He was cleared of dangerous driving but charged with the lesser offence of careless driving[172] and the pedestrian received an interim payment of £40,000.[173] Geoffrey Hatton never fully recovered from the incident and died two years afterwards from a gastrointestinal bleed with Khan passing on his sympathies.[174]

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.[175] On 7 January 2008, Khan was fined £1000 and banned for 42 days for the speeding offence.[176]

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.[177]

Mixed martial arts promotion

In 2016, Khan announced that he, along with Super Fight League, would introduce India's first team-based MMA league, with events expected to be held in India, the United States, Canada, and Dubai.[178]

Super Boxing League

In 2017, Bill Dosanjh and Khan founded Super Boxing League after Super Fight League first season. The league is organized with the support of World Boxing Council and Professional Boxing Organisation India. The first season had 8 teams comprising both men and women pugilist.[179]


Khan 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.

In January 2013, he was nominated for the Best at Sport award at the British Muslim Awards.[180]

In 2014, he was given Pride of Performance from the President of Pakistan.[181]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
35 fights 31 wins 4 losses
By knockout 19 3
By decision 12 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
36 N/A N/A   Phil Lo Greco N/A – (12) 21 Apr 2018   Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
35 Loss 31–4   Canelo Álvarez KO 6 (12), 2:37 7 May 2016   T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US For WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
34 Win 31–3   Chris Algieri UD 12 29 May 2015   Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US Retained WBC Silver welterweight title
33 Win 30–3   Devon Alexander UD 12 13 Dec 2014   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBC Silver welterweight title
32 Win 29–3   Luis Collazo UD 12 3 May 2014   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Won WBA International and vacant WBC Silver welterweight titles
31 Win 28–3   Julio Díaz UD 12 27 Apr 2013   Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
30 Win 27–3   Carlos Molina RTD 10 (12), 3:00 15 Dec 2012   Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, US Won vacant WBC Silver interim light-welterweight title
29 Loss 26–3   Danny García TKO 4 (12), 2:28 14 Jul 2012   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Lost WBA (Super) light welterweight title;
For WBC and vacant The Ring light-welterweight titles
28 Loss 26–2   Lamont Peterson SD 12 10 Dec 2011   Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC, US Lost WBA (Super) and IBF light-welterweight titles;
Khan later reinstated as champion by the WBA after Peterson failed a drug test
27 Win 26–1   Zab Judah KO 5 (12), 2:47 23 Jul 2011   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBA (Super) light-welterweight title;
Won IBF light-welterweight title
26 Win 25–1   Paul McCloskey TD 6 (12), 2:30 16 Apr 2011   MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA light-welterweight title;
Unanimous TD after McCloskey was cut from an accidental head clash
25 Win 24–1   Marcos Maidana UD 12 11 Dec 2010   Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBA light-welterweight title
24 Win 23–1   Paulie Malignaggi TKO 11 (12), 1:25 15 May 2010   The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, US Retained WBA light-welterweight title
23 Win 22–1   Dmitry Salita TKO 1 (12), 1:16 5 Dec 2009   Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England Retained WBA light-welterweight title
22 Win 21–1   Andreas Kotelnik UD 12 18 Jul 2009   MEN Arena, Manchester, England Won WBA light-welterweight title
21 Win 20–1   Marco Antonio Barrera TD 5 (12), 2:36 14 Mar 2009   MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA International lightweight title;
Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title;
Unanimous TD after Barrera was cut from an accidental head clash
20 Win 19–1   Oisin Fagan TKO 2 (12), 1:37 6 Dec 2008   ExCeL, London, England Won vacant WBA International lightweight title
19 Loss 18–1   Breidis Prescott KO 1 (12), 0:54 6 Sep 2008   MEN Arena, Manchester, England Lost WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
18 Win 18–0   Michael Gomez TKO 5 (12), 2:33 21 Jun 2008   National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England Retained Commonwealth lightweight title
17 Win 17–0   Martin Kristjansen TKO 7 (12), 2:53 5 Apr 2008   Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Won WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title
16 Win 16–0   Gairy St. Clair UD 12 2 Feb 2008   ExCeL, London, England Retained Commonwealth lightweight title
15 Win 15–0   Graham Earl TKO 1 (12), 1:12 8 Dec 2007   Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Retained Commonwealth lightweight title
14 Win 14–0   Scott Lawton TKO 4 (12), 0:32 6 Oct 2007   Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England Retained Commonwealth lightweight title
13 Win 13–0   Willie Limond TKO 8 (12), 3:00 14 Jul 2007   The O2 Arena, London, England Won Commonwealth lightweight title
12 Win 12–0   Stefy Bull TKO 3 (8), 1:45 7 Apr 2007   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
11 Win 11–0   Mohammed Medjadi TKO 1 (8), 0:55 17 Feb 2007   Wembley Arena, London, England
10 Win 10–0   Rachid Drilzane UD 10 9 Dec 2006   ExCeL, London, England
9 Win 9–0   Ryan Barrett TKO 1 (6), 1:51 2 Sep 2006   Bolton Arena, Bolton, England
8 Win 8–0   Colin Bain TKO 2 (6), 2:20 8 Jul 2006   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
7 Win 7–0   Laszlo Komjathi UD 6 20 May 2006   King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
6 Win 6–0   Jackson Williams TKO 3 (6), 2:16 25 Feb 2006   ExCeL, London, England
5 Win 5–0   Vitali Martynov TKO 1 (6), 1:15 28 Jan 2006   Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, England
4 Win 4–0   Daniel Thorpe TKO 2 (4), 2:57 10 Dec 2005   ExCeL, London, England
3 Win 3–0   Steve Gethin TKO 3 (4), 0:49 5 Nov 2005   Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland
2 Win 2–0   Baz Carey UD 4 10 Sep 2005   International Arena, Cardiff, Wales
1 Win 1–0   David Bailey TKO 1 (4), 1:49 16 Jul 2005   Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Professional debut

Pay-per-view bouts

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
May 7, 2016
Canelo vs. Khan Canelo-Khan 600,000 HBO[182]


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