Khan Continues To Give Back, Gives Update On Boxing Status
It appears that Amir Khan will not be returning to the ring anytime soon. Instead, he will be looking to continue his goal of helping out wherever needed.
Khan (34-5) and Human Appeal have joined together to provide over 17,000 supplies to those in need in the Greater Manchester area due to the coronavirus. Khan has combined the cause with the Amir Khan Foundation and was able to pack tinned foods, milk, bread, and more.
“It was amazing to join Human Appeal to put together so many food parcels and deliver them to those who need them most,” Khan stated to Rochdale Online. “Seeing the smiles on people’s faces as we dropped them off made it all worth it, and brought home the scale of the effort needed to look after our most vulnerable people during what is a testing time for all of us.”
This is not the first time Khan has done something to help out his community. Khan offered his 60,000 square foot wedding venue in Bolton, estimated at about £5 million, to help the National Health Service and those affected by the virus. The venue was meant for his wedding and a retail outlet. He has also posted workout videos for those under quarantine.
As far as when he plans to return to the ring, Khan doesn’t see it as a necessity. Speaking to BBC.com, Khan isn’t willing to enter a ring until he knows everything is back to normal.
“Even though there is big money I wouldn’t be able to do it as I need the fan base there,” Khan stated. “I’ve got three kids. I do so much in the sport already and I feel I’d rather be 100% sure before I jump back in. I don’t want to get sick. I’ve had a great career. Do I really need to risk it and see what’s going to happen? I’d rather hold back a little bit and see what the situation is like.”
Khan is a former Commonwealth Lightweight, WBA and IBF Light-Welterweight Champion. He has faced some of the top fighters in the world. The 33-year-old is 3-2 in his last five fights, last beating Billy Dib in July for the WBC International Welterweight Title. A silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, Khan believes it is too dangerous right now for fights to be happening.
The British Boxing Board of Control is working on a plan to have fights resume in the area by July. Khan sees big-time promoters as the ones who can work around the virus. Still, he is concerned about the ramifications regarding events during this time.
“What if someone gets badly injured or catches something from his opponent? I just think it’s going to be quite tough…I just feel like it’s going to be very dangerous,” Khan said.