Amir Khan was born in 1986 in Bolton. He was a surprise silver medalist in boxing in the 2004 Olympics – the youngest Briton since Colin Jones’s participation in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. “The most accurate and precise punch-picker I’ve seen boxing in England’s colours,” was how Paul King, the England team manager, described Khan. He took up boxing when he was eight years old. In his own words “I was a really hyperactive kid and my dad says I was a born fighter. I got bored easily and was always fighting with other kids at school. So my dad took me to Haliwell Boxing Club, which was just round the corner from where we lived in Bolton.” Nicknamed “Golden Boy”, he started boxing competitively by the age of eleven. Within six years he won three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics, gold at the 2004 European Championships and gold at World Junior Championships in South Korea in the same year.
Amir turned professional in May 2005. In 2006 he was awarded the Sony Sportsman of the Year award; in February 2008 he retained his Commonwealth lightweight title with a unanimous points win over Australian Gairy St Clair.
Amir has studied sports development at Bolton Community College.
Amir Khan Interview with Primetime TV before his upcoming fight with Zab Judah