From his schoolboy days, Amir showed a remarkable talent for boxing. Amir Khan’s career has, even now at such a young age, encompassed World Championships titles for the WBF and the IBF as well as a silver Olympic medal. As a professional boxer, he has had 35 fights of which he has won 31.
Schoolboy To Pro Boxer
Amir Khan’s career began at 11yrs old when he quickly won several schoolboy titles and then won the Gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. Another Gold came his way the following year, at the European Championships in Lithuania. 2004 was an exciting year for Amir’s career as he went to the Athen’s Olympics and won the silver medal; just missing out on becoming the youngest Olympic Gold boxing champion since Floyd Patterson in 1952.
The Olympic bout was against Mario Kindelan, two times defending champ and was lost 30-22. Khan’s pro debut, 2005, was on his home ground of Bolton, where he knocked out David Bailey in the first round. This was the start of an 18 match winning streak before losing to a knockout by Colombia’s Breidis Prescot at the MEN Arena Manchester.
What Has Amir Khan Done For Boxing
His early career has made a statement to all that you can succeed if you put your heart and soul into what you do. The darling of the UK after his silver win at the Athens Olympics he has only grown in strength. Losing is not a problem for him as he continues to challenge bigger and more experienced boxers. Before his 2016 match in Las Vegas against Mexico’s Saul Alvarez, he tweeted that, ‘My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters.’
His career has undoubtedly reflected a positive approach to boxing, and he is known to be a great supporter to other boxers, like Nichola Adams the Olympic Gold medalist in boxing. Identifying with her career Khan spoke about how she is an inspiration for young women the word around. Khan is also known for being a strong supporter of his local community and has focused a lot of his business interests there as well as supporting his local football club Bolton Wanderers whenever he can, as a dedicated fan and as a potential investment.
Setting A High Standard
For those fans following Amir Khan’s career, focus on the boxing as he goes from strength to strength. He learns from his losses and is not one to tuck his tail in and run away but faces all challenges while looking for new ones. The man is no saint he has his problems, but they tend to be mainly celebrity gossip column fillers, but he is an example of dedication, focus and willingness to learn in his chosen sport of boxing that sets a standard for those wanting to emulate his success.