Khan Once Again Helping The Community, Not Looking To Retire
During the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most consistent things in the boxing world is Amir Khan making a difference. The former WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion is looking to make the most from his break in boxing.
According to The Peterborough Telegraph, Khan (34-5) donated food for the homeless. He was at the Topyard Boxing Club, collaborating his Amir Khan Foundation with the Children of Adam, among other entities.
This is not the first time Khan has helped out those in need. Recently, the 33-year-old and Human Appeal provided over 17,000 supplies to those in need in the Greater Manchester area. Khan also 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.
The last time Khan fought was in July, beating Billy Dib via TKO. Before that, he lost to Terence Crawford via TKO. He is 3-2 in his last five fights. He previously stated he didn’t want to go back into the ring until he felt 100%. The Bolton native also wanted to wait until everything was back to normal.
Currently, plans are in place for boxing to return in the summer without fans. While the first part is something he can get behind, Khan is not interested in fighting without fans.
“An empty arena is not going to lift me up to fight, I will have to wait until they’re full again,” Khan told Mirror Fighting, via Boxing Scene. “I’m always keeping myself busy, training here and there so I don’t think it will be a problem as long as I tick over. I’ve been there so many times on my own in sparring and you don’t get the same feeling; what gets me in the mood for it is my fans.”
Promoters like Bob Arum and Eddie Hearn have been adamant that fighters like Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury should not be fighting inside an empty arena. Besides the revenue boxing would lose, the fighters wouldn’t feel the same energy they normally do. Khan is adamant he does not want to retire during this time but believes someone like him can wait for fans to show up.
“How are the fighters going to get motivated? I couldn’t do it but maybe other people can,” Khan went on to say. “For the younger fighters who are up-and-coming it might be better… but I can’t see the bigger guys doing it. It would be nice to put a big fight on after this ends and have one or two more fights. I don’t want to call it a day while we’re going through this.”