What Made Amir Khan Earn The Title ‘King’?
The former lightweight and light-welterweight champion Amir Khan was known for his strength, abilities and speed. But what made this young British star a great name in the boxing world was his constant struggle and determination.
Khan was born in 1986 into a Pakistani family residing in the UK. He found his love for boxing at a very young age of 11 when he was studying at school. His passion for the sport increased with time and his talent was soon recognized by the British boxing team selectors.
After that, there was no going back for Khan.
He qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics and won a silver medal as an amateur in the lightweight division at the age of 17. This made him Britain’s youngest boxer to win the Olympic medal.
He then turned professional in 2005 at 18. With his accomplishments and flamboyant style of fighting, he rose to fame in quick succession.
Khan 34-5 (21) amassed many titles including the 2007 Commonwealth lightweight championship, 2008 WBA International lightweight, 2009 WBA light-welterweight title and many more.
However, disheartened with the media scrutiny and tabloid after a few of his losses and their harsh involvement in his private life, Khan took early retirement at the age of 35 and also gave up his title ‘King Khan’ back.
He returns to action on Saturday against longtime rival, Kell Brook.