The Young Rich List which highlights 50 multimillionaires under the age of 30 have a combined wealth of £19bn between them. With 26-year-old Hugh Grosvenor coming in at number one, with becoming the 7th Duke of Westminster the heir has ( get ready to fall off your chair) - a massive £9.52bn tucked under his golden belt!
However, sitting in at a very respectable number 21, is our ‘homie’ Zayn Malik worth a whopping £35m.
Bradford-born Malik, who quit One Direction two years ago, is becoming as well known for his romantic life – he is dating the American supermodel Gigi Hadid – as for his music.
After leaving the boy band, he signed a contract with RCA Records and his first solo album, Pillow Talk, was among the UK’s bestselling debut albums of last year; while his musical collaboration with Taylor Swift featured on the Fifty Shades Darker movie soundtrack.
Last summer, Malik alarmed tour organisers when he cancelled a performance at Wembley stadium, citing “anxiety” problems. One Direction’s company, 1D Media, paid the five band members £38.3m in remuneration in the two years to December 2013 and showed assets of £70.1m in the year to the end of 2015.
Because he missed the band’s last tour before their hiatus, Malik’s fortune is just a little lower than his former bandmates.
At number 27, hard-punching boxer Amir Khan is worth £23m.
Khan’s defeat by Saul Alvarez last May for the WBC world middleweight crown was sweetened by a purse estimated at £9m.
The 30-year-old Bolton-born boxer has a professional record of just four defeats in 35 fights and is a former two-time world champion at light welterweight.
He has accused members of his family of squandering his fortune, which would be seriously replenished if he agreed to fight fellow Briton Kell Brook.
Khan is the youngest amateur British boxer to win an Olympic medal, gaining a silver at Athens in 2004, aged 17.
READY: British boxer Amir Khan with Bill Dosanjh CEO and founder of Super Fight League
Boxing in India has for many years been one of the most popular sports and with the launch of Super Boxing League (SBL) with participation from top pugilists from India and abroad, the stage is set for some exciting ring action.
This unique concept was born thanks to British businessman Bill Dosanjh, also the founder and promoter of successful Super Fight League held recently in New Delhi, India.
Super Boxing League with its tag line “Hit Harder” will also be promoted by none other than Olympic medallist and two-time world champion boxer, Amir Khan.
Scheduled to be staged from 7th July 7 – 12th August, SBL is being launched in association with AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) who will provide the boxers the right platform to showcase their talent.
The franchise-based SBL is Bill Dosanjh's yet another innovation after the Super Fight League. The Super Fight League of mixed mixed martial arts in only its inaugural season, has attracted wide fan base in the country. Now the Super Boxing League is ready to woo Indian audiences with the best of action in boxing.
One of the features of the league will be its unique point scoring system which is being introduced for the first time in the history of professional boxing wherein a boxer can claim six points on winning a bout through knock-out.
The SBL will consist of eight franchises. Each team will comprise of six players (five male boxers and one female boxer with six back up players per team).
There will be competitions in six different weight categories with bouts of four rounds of three-minutes each.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Bill Dosanjh, Founder-CEO of Super Boxing League, says SBL will give wings to India's ever-growing talent pool in boxing.
“We have witnessed the excitement and appetite for contact sports in India which has seen phenomenal growth in the past few years. Boxing is one such sport, which is encouraging professional players to make it big in the ring through international leagues," said Mr. Dosanjh.
"India has a huge talent potential for boxing and with Super Boxing League we intend to provide a middle ground for both the average everyday player and the professional boxer.
“A lot of aspiring athletes wish to go professional and they all just need the right platform. With Super Boxing League, we are looking to create an ecosystem to promote Indian boxing talent and bring back boxing to where we were — in the top-10 in the world or even top-five,” added Mr. Dosanjh.
Equally excited about the initiative is Amir Khan, promoter of SBL and two-time world boxing champion.
“I am very happy to introduce this unique platform for Indian boxers. With Super Boxing League, we aim to provide the right training for potential boxers which will helps in producing more professional world champions,” says Amir.
“We want to create an exciting platform where talent can fight in front of their home fans in their own country. With such a talent filled nation, I believe India can produce aplenty boxing superstars in coming years.”
A top ranking chief has rubbished that the Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan prospective fight has been confirmed for 23rd April in the Middle East.
Promoter Bob Arum says the fight is "a long way from being done" and has rubbished talk of an agreement having been reached.
"The point is that this is all so premature," Arum told ESPN. "It's all b******t.
“All it is right now is a discussion. It's like somebody saying, 'Hey, let's build a new stadium for the Raiders in Las Vegas.' You can say anything, but we're a long way from it being done."
When it goes ahead, this will be Khan first fight since he was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez last May.
Khan revealed that the Sheikhs are keen to host the long-craved super fight due to his Muslim roots, and that it would be a major attraction for the UAE.
With the penultimate weekend in April out of the question, it would seem only a few options are available in May. Though not yet confirmed, it’s suggested the much-awaited fight will take place on 20th May, ahead of Ramadhan.
There were early suggestions of Khan bringing Pacquiao to his hometown Bolton football stadium or Manchester Arena, but Khan says UAE his preferred venue to fight the WBO world welterweight champion, Pacquiao.
Arum has confirmed an offer for $38m has been submitted by a UAE investment group, but the promoter wants to see further evidence of interest from Asia to help progress negotiations.
"We had a nice meeting, but there's a lot of work to do before anything materialises," he added. "A lot of work.
"As of now, other than the fact that Pacquiao's manager Michael Koncz and I are on the same page as far as the fight not happening in April and that we hope to make something happen, who knows? I have absolutely nothing to report definitively and I am not f*****g around.
Arun warned: "This could all go away like the breeze.
“The point is a lot of these deals take time to put together, to find money and everything. We're not there."
The bout will be Pac-man's 68th fight, of which he has lost six and drawn two. Khan will enter his 35th bout at the age of 30, eight years junior to his opponent.
Manny Pacquiao has lined up his next opponent, announcing he is negotiating an upcoming fight with Amir Khan.
A date and location for the bout are still to be determined, but Pacquiao said recently his next fight would take place in the United Arab Emirates.
That was contrary to a supposed deal for the Filipino to defend his welterweight title against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane in April.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said speaking to ESPN:"The Australian deal is not going to happen now because Manny is trying to get a fight done in the United Arab Emirates and the people there favour him fighting Amir Khan," he said.
Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, said a fight with Khan will take place "maybe in April or maybe June, but not May".
Pacquiao, 38, last fought in Las Vegas on 5th November, defeating Jessie Vargas to reclaim the welterweight world title.
Khan, 30, has not fought since May 2016 - a sixth-round knockout loss to Canelo Alvarez.
A potential card with Brit Khan in the UAE has drawn an offer for $38million, Arum said, but there is still some skepticism over whether a deal gets done.
"Whether it will happen or not I just don't know because they have to come up with a large amount of money.”
Amir Khan with Bill Dosanjh, CEO and Founder of the Super Fight League
Promoters Bill Dosanjh and Amir Khan join hands with leading entrepreneurs such as Aditya Munjal, Amit Burman, Keshav Bansal, Achin Kochar and others to promote the World’s first MMA league in India
Super Fight League (SFL), the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league, has announced that eight of the world’s leading entrepreneurs have come on as team owners for the inaugural SFL season scheduled to begin from 20th January 2017 till 25th February 2017 in Mumbai, India.
Aditya Munjal from Hero Cycles, Amit Burman from Dabur Group, Keshav Bansal from Intex Technologies, Achin Kochar from VI-John, Kanav Parwal from SPA Capital, Raahil Bhatia from Belmaks Group, Shreeram Suresh and Vinodini Suresh from 8K Miles Media, Deepak Saluja and Pramod Sharma from UV Media, Jaskaran Punihani & Navraj Jaura from Jaura Group, Preeti Mahapatra from Mahapatra Universal Pvt Ltd – “India’s Billionaire Club” – are some of the entrepreneurs who have invested in SFL’s growing ecosystem and who are now team owners in this first of its kind franchisee based MMA league. A full list of the owners and their teams can be found below.
Bill Dosanjh, SFL’s CEO & Principal Founder said: “India is clearly waking up to the significance of combat sports and it is overwhelming to receive support from these marketers across diverse industries who will be associated with the League.”
Amir Khan, SFL’s Co-Founder and two-time world boxing champion, adds: “There is an immense talent pool in India and we’re happy to bring the first season of Super Fight League to fans with the tremendous support shown by the team owners not only to promote the sport but also nurture the inherent talent the country possesses.
“We’re confident that with the SFL platform, we will be able to create a vibrant sporting ecosystem in India.”
The Super Fight League recently signed a momentous deal with Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) who will be the league’s official broadcast partner. SPN will broadcast the inaugural SFL season live on SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD channels while the opening ceremony will be telecast on Sony MAX. In India Super Fight League is the second most watched sports online today.
There is a distinctive point scoring system that separates the Super Fight League from all of the other leagues. Each SFL team will be comprised of six players (five male fighters and one female fighter) who will be competing in six different weight categories and evaluated on the basis of a 5 point scoring system.
Super Fight League is currently the biggest MMA Promotion in Asia and GCC Region and the third biggest digitally viewed league in the world.
After boxer Amir Khan’s wife exposed family secrets in a lengthy social media rant earlier this month saying how his relatives have been ‘trying to destroy’ their marriage, his father has decided to step in to say his piece.
Speaking to BBC Asian Network, the boxer’s dad, Shah, has described the row as an embarrassment and says he doesn't see the argument stopping.
It apparently started when Amir Khan's wife, Faryal Makhdoom, said his family was bullying her over her clothes.
She then shared a picture on Snapchat of Amir's brother supposedly lying half-naked on the floor and supposedly drunk.
Amir Khan, 30, posted a message on Twitter saying sorry for the row.
Faryal apologised on Snapchat not long after sharing the picture, saying: “Hey guys I wanted to apologise for the picture I put up earlier. I was a bit angry and I felt like I needed to justify myself.”
But Shah Khan says Faryal should have apologised over the phone but he hasn't heard from her.
He said: “If she had any decency and [wanted] to patch things up, she should have picked the phone up to us and said, ‘Listen guys, whatever happens, whatever I posted, that's the end end of it. Please don't carry on’.”
He added: “Amir even came out and said, 'Please, drop everything.' And he was right in saying that - and look at what his wife goes and does - she goes on national television.”
Faryal appeared on ITV’s This Morning this week, where she accused his family members of saying she was ‘very fake’.
She said: “[They've been] saying I've done plastic surgery, calling me Michael Jackson - reading all that was not really nice.”
When asked about her claims that Shah Khan tells her what to wear, he said: “I asked her - not told her... ‘Please wear whatever you want but please do not tweet it on social media because the amount of abuse she used to get - it hurts us’.”
But it seems that Amir Khan has reached breaking point with all the bickering.
In his tweet he said: “This is getting to the point where they will lose a son and a husband. I've had enough.”
UNITED:Amir Khan married Faryal Makhdoom on 31st May 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City
In a lengthy social media rant, Amir Khan’s wife, Faryal Makhdoom, has hit out at her boxer husband’s family on Snapchat. In a lengthy rant, she wrote how they have been ‘trying to destroy’ her marriage.
She revealed on the social media app that she was nine months pregnant with the couple’s daughter Lamaisah, who is now two-years-old, when Amir was ‘told to divorce’ her.
The model said: “When you force [Amir] to divorce his wife, When she’s nine months pregnant!!! And [he] doesn’t … and he sticks besides his wife. He’s called a p***y!??? Ok, I’m guessing Islam teaches us to get married and divorce our wives and treat them bad???
“Don’t get [them] married if you’re going to abuse and bully the wife. I’ve always been so quiet but seriously this message is for everyone!
“My husband has done farrrrr more than any son has done. And far more than any brother has done. But why is he treated so bad? Jealousy? That’s disgusting.”
She added: “My husband's a multi-millionaire but still work and do my own as I can never touch his BLOOD money, when I have a right too! [sic]”
The messages - which she confirmed were mainly aimed at Mariyah - also stated that ‘she still worked because she was never allowed to touch her husband’s money’.
Faryal added: “What have I actually done lol been a good wife to your broth. I worked my ass off on a catwalk from 7am till 12am at night.
She also shared a Whatsapp screen shot showing a conversation she had had with Amir’s eldest sister Tabinda, alongside the caption: “Out of ALL people the biggest BULLY - Tabinda should be the LAST one to talk.
“She is the eldest yet the worst! Stop with ur bulls**t statements that you’ve never done anything because YOU WERE THE ONE WHO CAME TO HIT ME! How could you sit here denying [sic]”
She has since taken to her profile to thank her fans for the constant support, sharing: “Damn! The amount of love and support I get from you guys in unbelievable. Thanks a lot. I love you guys x”
Not willing to take the comments lying down though, Mariyah - who is a student at Manchester Met - took to Snapchat to ask if ‘she looked like she could beat someone up’, with an image of herself wearing a flower crown.
READY AND WAITING: Amir Khan believes he has what it takes to beat Manny Pacquiao and labelled him as a ‘friend’
Amir Khan says it would be an ‘honour’ to fight Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino superstar said he would be open to the matchup.
Eight-weight champion Pacquiao was speaking ahead of his victorious world title clash with Jessie Vargas last weekend, shown exclusively live on BoxNation.
And despite stating that Khan was a ‘friend’ he hinted a future clash would be something that he would be willing to make happen, prompting the Bolton boxer to state his readiness to do battle.
“Manny is great fighter and one of the best around,” Khan told BoxNation.
“It would be an honour to share the ring with him and would be a very entertaining fight for the fans. I know Manny well and he is a friend of mine but sometimes you have to put that to the side as boxers.
“It’s important for my hand to fully heal after my operation but it’s feeling good and I want to make the biggest fights possible as soon as it’s 100% - no matter who it’s against,” he said.
29-year-old Khan also believes that despite his losses to Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao is still a very dangerous opponent to go in against.
“Manny is still one of the top welterweights in the world. He’s got great speed, power and creates good angles. I think our two styles mix well and would make for an edge-of-the-seat sort of fight,” said Khan.
“There are definitely some things I can take advantage of against him and I believe being the younger and more youthful fighter would help.
“We’re both all-action fighters and like to attack so it would be a really intriguing fight,” he said.
HE’S BACK: Manny Pacquiao made a successful return to the ring last weekend
37-year-old Pacquiao has put his political responsibilities on hold as a senator in the Philippines as he looks to claim another world title this weekend against WBO champion Vargas.
Khan feels that Pacquiao will have too much for the American and is tipping his old stablemate to do the business at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
“I think Manny’s movement and style will be too much for Vargas to handle,” said Khan.
“He’s going to be too quick and elusive and I expect him to win on points. He seems very focused on this fight because he knows how important it is to win it.
“Beating Vargas and winning a world title will help set up more big fights and prove he still has a lot to give,” he said.
Pacquiao v Vargas is exclusively live on BoxNation (Sky/Freeview/Virgin/TalkTalk/EE/Apple TV/Online & App) this Saturday night. Buy now at boxnation.com.
When a world champion boxer needs a world class customisation on his £100,000 Range Rover Vogue, there is only one garage he will visit – Enkahnz.
For Bolton’s own Amir Khan, this statement could not be truer.
Having relied on the Bradford modifiers on a number of occasions in the past, his most recent visit to the garage corresponded with the unveiling of his latest vehicle’s makeover and a classy new look, just in time for Eid.
With a reputation for driving only the sleekest looking motors, the former welterweight champ instructed the ‘kings of customisation’ to bring out the potential of his mammoth white Range Rover.
Using a sleek Barugzai styling pack, the Enkahnz team brought the modification to life, before handing back the keys just in time for the Eid celebrations.
Sparkling new alloy wheels, bumpers, an exhaust and spoilers all round off the look, oozing in style for the self-confessed ‘petrol head’ boxer to drive away in.
Enkahnz founder, Naveed Khan, said he has worked with the boxer before and noted a change in his style.
“Amir is not as loud as he used to be and is now more favourable to the more subtle, classy modifications in comparison to some people who go for ‘in-your-face’ mods,” he said.
“When instructing us on what he wanted doing, he gave us a brief outline and we worked according to his spec, adding our own twist to it as well, as he gave us some creative freedom.”
The Enkahnz team is the leading car customiser in the UK and has a list of celebrity clients on their books.
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Amir 'King' Khan always believed that he would get the chance of a legacy fight.
Despite the disappointing setbacks of the failed Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao super fights, he always remained defiant.
Amir, a two time world champion, is now just hours away from his eagerly anticipated showdown with Mexican super star Canelo Alvarez on 7th May, with the two fighters set to do battle at the newly built T-Mobile arena for the highly prized World Boxing Council middleweight championship.
SUPER-FIGHT: Khan Vs Alvarez is one of the most highly anticipated match-ups of the year
As always this falls on the Mexican holiday weekend which is a commemoration of the unlikely victory of the Mexican army in 1862 against the French at the battle of Puebla. Worth noting, this date has been a Floyd Mayweather Jnr fight weekend for the last several years.
King Khan always believed and was never in doubt that such an opportunity like this would present itself, and boisterously blasted out that he knew such a super fight was always just around the corner.
WARRIOR KINGS: Amir Khan will aim to upset the odds as he goes head-to-head with Mexican Canelo Alvarez
“This always kept me going kept me focussed and moving forward,” he said. “The time has come now with Canelo and I look to create my own legacy.
“As I have said before I want to take on someone who is one of the very best out there.”
Amir, a welterweight, will move up two weight divisions to take on power punching Canelo, which in its self is a mighty task that some would say folly, but Khan is a fighter and like a poker player he is about to put all his $1,000 chips in.
Khan talking deadly serious said: “This is a tougher fight than against a Mayweather or Pacquiao because of the size difference but I love that sort of challenge.
“I am going in there to give everything and to prove this is where I belong. I have done some great work in the gym for this camp and I will be ready to go as soon as the bell rings to start the fight.
“Canelo is a great champion, we are both in our primes, both very skilled operators and I will need to be at my very best to beat him.
“Having said that I believe he needs to be at his very best to beat me. In most peoples’ eyes I am seen as the betting underdog for this fight but I know deep down that I can win it and I am ready to go and prove myself at this level.”
Khan says he is undaunted when it comes to entering the hostile reception that awaits him in the Mexican’s Lion’s den.
He expects a sizeable crowd of British fans making the trip across to be just as voluble.
DESTRUCT AND DESTROY: Canelo is the top ranked middleweight in the world
“British fight fans are the best around,” he added. “They can out sing anyone and they will make themselves heard - that’s for sure on fight night.
“I am not bothered how many fans he has in the arena but I know the travelling fans from Britain - their support will be incredible.
“It is going to give me an extra boost hearing them and seeing them. I want to do this for the UK and keep British boxing on the high that we have been experiencing of late.”
THE KING MAKER: Oscar De La Hoya
Manners Corner: Khan Vs Canelo
Wow! Can you believe it! It's here, it's on!
Will it be business as usual for the big punching Canelo or will it be a shaking of the world, a shock upset win for the super fast Khan.
They always say a good big one beats a good small one. I'm not so sure about that when speed and superior boxing is involved.
The question is should Khan trade with Canelo (which in my opinion, for what it’s worth, would be boxing suicide) rather than use his god given speed and out-box the ferocious puncher such as Alvarez who is known for struggling with fast, flexible and slick fighters. Khan, to me, wins hands down and easily.
GAME PLAN: Can Khan focus and carry out coach Hunter’s master plan?
But can Canelo, with his superior strength and previous experience of big time super fights, the bench mark being going the distance with the best fighter of our modern day era the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jnr, nullify the Khan speed factor?
Like an annoying mosquito can he crush the young pretender into a KO coma? To me it is a 50/50 fight but the bookies beg to differ as they have the smart money on a Canelo Alvarez victory.
Me, personally, if Khan cannot outbox and bamboozle Alvarez to a standstill or knock him out he loses on points which is nothing to be ashamed of as Amir is fighting against the boxing powerhouse promoting machine of Oscar Del Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, the Las Vegas judges and the influence of the Mexican partisan crowd. Last but not least, he is up against the 'A' side of the card the formidable Canelo Alvarez who has everything going in his favour. Now this is a big ask.
Amir Khan must be brave, clever, ferocious and speedy quick as Canelo only has to get lucky once and it is over.
Amir needs to focus and summon up all the inner strength he can muster and copy the example of the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion Tyson Fury
He threw caution to the wind and stuck to a well thought out and disciplined game plan and shocked the world with victory over Klitschko.
Here we have the same situation, different boxer i.e. Amir 'King' Khan. I have a sneaky feeling Khan and his wise coach, Virgil Hunter, can do just that.
READY FOR A FIGHT: Amir Khan said he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao after talks of his possible retirement this month
Khan fully focussed on Alvarez
With less than a month to go until Amir Khan’s mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas, the Bolton boxer says he is 100 per cent focussed on the challenge ahead with no regrets over ‘missed opportunities’.
Back in November, the 29-year-old heavy-hitter was in talks with Manny Pacquiao’s camp about a potential bout for 2016.
However, after those discussions failed to materialise, a Cinco-de-Mayo match-up with Mexico’s Alvarez was cooked up to the delight of the Khan army.
Now, with talks of ‘The Pacman’ possibly retiring following his victory over Timothy Bradley last weekend, Khan could miss out on yet another high profile matchup in the future.
Unlike the fight that never was with Floyd Mayweather, Khan says he holds no grudges against the renowned Phillipino fighter.
He told Premier Sports: “You always want to test yourself against the best and Manny is still one of the best around.
“It's a fight we tried to make happen between us but for some reason or other it never came about.
RETIRING OR NOT: Mystery still surrounds Pacquiao’s alleged retirement
“My team met with Bob Arum in London and we had agreed everything but it didn't happen. It would have been a great fight but we both have other big fights coming up, so we are focused on them.”
Khan’s blockbuster bout with Mexican Alvarez takes place on the Cinco-de-Mayo weekend at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
In the city of angels - Los Angeles - two of boxing’s most popular and powerful forces will come to loggerheads in what is deemed to be a sell-out match of high intensity action.
During the ‘Cinco De Mayo’ weekend, Amir ‘King’ Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will make his first in-ring appearance of 2016 as he comes up against Lineal Middleweight World Champion, Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs).
With Khan coming into the bout as an underdog with the bookies, his decision to take on the fiery Mexican has been applauded by fans and pundits alike, who see it as a courageous move.
Alvarez has only suffered one defeat in his near-perfect career, that coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr, yet Khan says he is confident he can make it two defeats come 7th May.
He said: “I know Canelo fights the best and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to face me like others have.
“My goal is to always fight the biggest names and the best fighters. That is why I’m excited for this fight.
“Also, I would like to thank my team and Golden Boy Promotions for this opportunity. I know I have the speed and ability to beat him and will give my fans what they deserve.”
Alvarez has managed to captivate fans both at home and around the globe previously with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges.
Weighing in at 154lbs, Canelo dominates the boxing scene and is a bonafide ticket seller, proven by his sell-out match in 2013 against Josesito Lopez where his fifth round technical knockout saw a crowd of 40,000 fans cheering him on at San Antonio’s Alamodome.
The victory earned Canelo the WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and a legion of fans.
Speaking following the fight’s announcement, Alvarez said: “As the middleweight champion of the world, I will take on the best fighters in the sport. On Cinco De Mayo weekend, I look forward to making the first defence of my titles.
“Amir was a decorated amateur, a two-time world champion and is in the prime of his career. Fans are in for a great fight.”
Golden Boy Promotions Chairman and CEO, Oscar De La Hoya also praised both boxers ahead of the matchup.
“We are committed to putting on the biggest and best fights in boxing,” he said.
“Canelo is the biggest star in the sport and as he demonstrated against James Kirkland and Miguel Cotto last year, he is only getting better.
“Those who predicted that he would take an easy fight for his first defence have been proven wrong once again.
“As for Amir, he has won his last five fights including an incredible performance against Devon Alexander, and now that he is back where he belongs at Golden Boy Promotions, his future is very bright, once again.”
The event will be filmed live by HBO and will be available on screens via ‘pay-per-view’.
RESILIENT: Amir Khan says the blame lies with Manny Pacquiao’s camp as to why a fight between himself and the welterweight champ never materialised
Khan points finger at Pacquiao camp for missed opportunity
Former world champion, Amir Khan, has hit out at claims made by Manny Pacquiao which suggested a fight never materliasled between the pair due to the involvement of ‘middle men’.
Khan, who is yet to name an opponent for 2016, was overlooked as the next challenger for the legendary Philippine boxer, who will face off against Timothy Bradley Jr before retiring form the sport.
Comments made by Pacquiao had said that
In a statement released on Friday, the Bolton boxer dismissed such rumours.
He said: “I have read recent comments by Manny Pacquiao stating that the reason a fight between us never happened was because of ‘middle men’ in my team - this is totally inaccurate and false.
“The only people negotiating on my behalf, as with all my fights, were my father Shah, uncle Taz and lawyer Robert Davis. They dealt directly with Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum and adviser Michael Koncz.
“An initial meeting took place last September between Bob Arum and my uncle and lawyer in London. This was at the direct request of Bob Arum. The negotiations went well to the extent that a ‘Heads of Terms’ was signed and sent from my lawyer to Bob Arum.
“My team was told by Bob Arum that it was a choice between either Terence Crawford or myself and dates in April were being explored with the fight to take place in Las Vegas or Qatar.
“Since September of last year my team had been in direct contact with Pacquiao’s team, spoke with them and met them face-to-face, so to state that middle men prevented the fight from happening is not true at all.”
Khan added that he held Pacquiao in the ‘highest regard’ following a career spanning over two decades, in which he became the number one welterweight in the world as well as a ‘people’s champion’.
Still, Khan remains adamant that he was willing to fight him in what he says would have been a ‘more dangerous’ bout for the outgoing 37-year-old.
“His team knew a fight between us would be a very dangerous one for him and best avoided,” Khan said.
“Freddie [Roach], who has trained us both, knows how our sparring sessions used to go and with me having filled out more now as a welterweight, getting bigger and stronger, makes a fight with Bradley – who Pacquiao in most opinions has beaten twice - a much easier option.
“I want to make the best fights for the fans and it was neither my team nor a lack of desire from my end which prevented a fight with Pacquiao from happening – that rests squarely on Team Pacquiao.”
LAUGHABLE: Amir Khan’s camp say they feel let down by the WBC after announcing Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero would compete for the vacant title
Garcia to fight Guerrero for vacant welterweight title
Former world champion boxer Amir Khan is still searching for his next opponent after the World Boxing Commission (WBC) confirmed Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero will go head-to-head for the vacant welterweight belt.
The announcement was made earlier this week via a prepared statement from the WBC adding: “Amir Khan has been ratified as mandatory contender.”
Taz Khan, of Khan Promotions, said the whole camp were disappointed that the Bolton boxer had been overlooked despite being the number one welterweight in the WBC rankings.
“We think it’s ridiculous. Amir has been number one for a year now so he should be fighting for the belt,” he said.
“Instead, the WBC has bypassed Amir and given Guerrero the match against Garcia.
“If anything, they should be facing each other in a play-off to see who gets to face Khan for the title.”
Khan is already the WBC Silver Welterweight title holder and has held the belt since May 2014, following his dominant unanimous point’s victory over Luis Collazo in Las Vegas.
He has defended the title twice since then, against Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.
The selection from the WBC to make Guerrero the number one contender is seen by many as a controversial one due to his lower ranking of sixth spot in their welterweight division, whilst Garcia is second.
CHAMP: Khan is already the WBC Silver Welterweight champion having won the belt back in 2014
Californian-born Guerrero has challenged previously for the WBC world welterweight title but, like many before him, came undone when he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather.
Taz Khan added: “We all feel the wrong decision has been made and that Garcia should in fact be fighting Khan for the belt.”
Meanwhile, the WBC’s omittance of Khan leaves the 29-year-old without an opponent for 2016.
Speaking of the possibility of a hotly-tipped bout with Kell Brook in the future, Taz added: “That is a domestic bout and completely different to the WBC.
“The fight will happen one day but we are not being rushed into anything.”
BRUTE FORCE: Khan tackles the storm-damaged household items
Boxer fights through the rain to help local families in flooded Cumbrian village
On Saturday 12th December, World Champion boxer Amir Khan and the Amir Khan Foundation, alongside international charity Penny Appeal, showed practical support and morale to the victims of the recent flooding disaster in Cumbria.
Amir waded through the beleaguered streets of Carlisle, witnessing the devastation of the floods at first-hand and providing physical support by helping to move residents’ furniture and household items that had been destroyed in Storm Desmond.
Penny Appeal, a humanitarian charity from the UK which helps poor and needy people around the world, organised a solidarity day at the local Greystone Community Centre, where Amir Khan served hot meals to locals and handed out some early festive presents to young children from the flood-hit area.
CHARITABLE: Khan helps people from the Penny Appeal with boxes of charity goods
Graham Weber, Greystone Community Centre Manager, said: “Having an icon like Amir Khan here has given the people of Carlisle a real lift – and it’s come at just the right time as many homes are still without electricity and gas. The volunteers have been just as brilliant and I can’t thank everybody involved enough.”
After offering support at the centre, Amir went back on to the streets to hand-deliver food parcels and hot dinners to the elderly and those isolated at home.
Amir Khan said: “It was heartbreaking to see just how the floods have destroyed people’s homes, including kitchens, living areas and even things like children's toys. The Amir Khan Foundation wanted to show their support by giving out food and even some new toys to the kids, and remind those affected that they’re not alone in dealing with this crisis.”
HAPPINESS: An advent calendar and a hug from the boxer puts a smile on this child’s face after a very wet and troubled month in Cumbria
Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO, added: “The UK community always gives generously when disasters strike overseas, but we recognise that people at home need help too. That’s why Penny Appeal is proud to be carrying out essential work in the UK and we’re also delighted that we can safely facilitate our network of volunteers who want to get more involved.”
World champion boxer gets hands-on to help those fleeing conflict
Amir Khan Foundation and Penny Appeal deliver special aid convoy from UK to refugees in Greece
A special Amir Khan Foundation and Penny Appeal aid convoy reached Greece earlier this week, where the 28-year-old boxer and teams from both charities handed out thousands of donated items to desperate refugees.
Two-time World Champion boxer, Amir Khan, hand delivered aid in the Greek capital Athens and on the island of Lesbos, on the weekend beginning 22nd September, where thousands of conflict-escaping refugees are arriving every day.
Amir joined Penny Appeal in handing out urgently needed food and water and spoke with refugees about their perilous journeys so far, and what help they need going forward.
Khan said: "The trip was a real emotional rollercoaster. We were so happy to have helped the people we could, but deeply saddened by the number of refugees we couldn't help.
“The donated items for the aid convoy are making a massive difference to those refugees who are arriving on the shores of Greece with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.”
The convoy of around 23 tonnes was loaded with thousands of items, including clothes, hygiene products, sleeping bags, food and water, which had been donated by the generous UK public in just four days. The vehicles left from Amir’s Bolton gym on Tuesday (16th) morning for a gruelling 2,500 mile trip across Europe.
Khalil Benkhalil, a volunteer driver, said: “As we drove further into Europe we saw more and more refugees and were struck by the harsh reality they face in an effort to find a safe place to call home.
“For every item we handed out, we received so much gratitude, which just shows what these things mean to the refugees we helped.”
Wasim Akhtar, Director at Penny Appeal, added: “Having witnessed at first-hand the tens of thousands of men, women and children - all in urgent need - we know this is a growing crisis that the world needs to respond to.
“Penny Appeal is still working on the ground and is committed to helping as many displaced refugees as we can. People in the UK can still show their support by donating towards lifeline kits, which contain essential food, shelter and hygiene items and will be distributed direct to refugees in places like Athens and Lesbos by Penny Appeal teams.”
Boxing is a business and more than the glory and recognition for an individual boxer is the need to earn a living and earn enough money to secure retirement. However as boxing fans we expect the best boxers to fight the best and in doing just that the world champion fighters to be worthy title holders.
The WBA/ WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) has recently been dubbed by the fight fans as the most “protected” world champion fighter in the world that basically means he is not willing to take on the top fighters in his division but rather take easy win fights. This is certainly the case for Garcia since his knockout win against British Amir Khan that was his most intriguing fight to date.
On April 11th 2015 Garcia will be facing his boxing rival IBF world champion Lamont Paterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) in a catch weight contest of 143 pounds at the world renowned Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.
The boxing bout is scheduled for only 10 rounds and many experts believe that this has been purposely done to make sure Garcia does not tire and look bad in a normal 12 round contest.
Garcia last fight was against the little known Rod Salka and that contest was also at a catch weight of 143 pounds, but Garcia managed to knockout the limited Salka early in the fight.
Garcia prior to the Salka win fought little known but surprisingly tough Mauricio Herrera over 12 competitive rounds and many people had thought Garcia had lost the contest as he was clearly being beaten in nearly every round by Herrera. However Garcia was given the 12 round decision in that fight that was a very controversial.
Paterson himself seems to be well past his best and the fight against Garcia seems to have come too late for both of them to make this an interesting contest. Paterson was knocked out by Lucas Matthysse in one his previous fights and other than a win against Amir Khan Paterson has (like Garcia) fought limited opposition.
Garcia takes on Paterson after paying his mandatory challenger Viktor Postol (26-0, 26 KOs) a step aside fee as it was likely Postol would have given Garcia a much tougher fight.
The Garcia vs Paterson fight is also a non-title contest that means neither fighter has their world title on the line and the loser of this fight will still get to keep their world champion status.
The reason for this contest being fought at a catch weight is because Garcia said he wants to make slow, but progressive steps towards the 147lbs weight limit (welterweight) from 140lbs (light welterweight) even though Garcia holds the 140lbs world titles.
Another observation of this fight being at the catch weight limit is that the winner of this bout may have a chance to fight “boxing kingpins” Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao after their May 3rd mega fight.
I would personally like to see either Garcia or Paterson have a rematch against the much improved boxer Amir Khan even though I expect either fighter not take such a risky fight against Khan based on their previous lack of opposition.
The Garcia vs Paterson fight in my view is a dull fight to say the least and the fact that it is being fought at a catch weight with no world titles on the line makes it even less reason to be excited about this match up.
BROTHERS: Amir Khan and his brother Haroon served up food on Monday 10th February, alongside members of the Amir Khan Foundation
St George’s Crypt visit proves a knockout success
Two-time world champion Amir Khan was fighting in the corner of society’s most vulnerable earlier this week as he helped feed the homeless in Leeds.
Showing his support for local charity, St George’s Crypt, he attended the event alongside his team from the Amir Khan Foundation, as well as councillors and members of the local Muslim community.
Amir was joined by brother, and fellow boxer, Haroon, as they served up meals from the charity’s kitchen to more than 80 people, whilst speaking with those in attendance.
The welterweight boxer then joined some of the service users whilst they ate to talk further about why he was visiting on the day, and to learn more about the crypt’s work.
Speaking ‘out of the kitchen’, Amir said: “The Amir Khan Foundation is about giving back to the local people and local communities.
GOOD SPIRITS: Amir sat with visitors at St George’s Crypt as he learnt more about what the charity does in Leeds
“A lot of people don’t have the right support in their lives at the moment and that is what we want to give them.”
Riz Malik, on behalf of the Amir Khan Foundation, added: “We in the Foundation are looking for opportunities to make a real difference to people who have suffered disadvantage and poverty in their lives.
“St George’s Crypt – through its work with homeless people since 1930 – is an excellent example of a charity producing innovative solutions for its clients, and we hope to be able to establish a long term relationship with the Crypt in helping them to continue producing effective solutions”.
The Amir Khan Foundation was launched in August last year and has been set up to support deprived, disadvantaged children and young people - both internationally and nationally.
Last week’s event was arranged with the help of Leeds City Council who were approached by the foundation requesting to be put in touch with a charity which works with young people who are in challenging situations due to adverse life chances.
Martin Patterson, a Director of the Crypt, said: “We are delighted that Amir Khan and the team from the Foundation have been able to visit the Crypt today.
HELPING: Amir speaks with people as he serves up food whilst Haroon serves soup and bread rolls
“We concentrate on providing effective training and engagement opportunities in order to help our clients to move in life from an increasingly complex range of challenges brought on by issues as homelessness, addiction, mental and physical health problems, poor education and family breakdown.
“Amir’s visit is a real inspiration for our clients and they were delighted to meet him today.”
Also present on the day were a number of city councillors and Imam at the local Leeds Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim MBE.
Mr Asim said the work carried out at the charity for the past 85 years was a ‘credit to the city’ whilst last week’s event with Amir, was extra positive for the Muslim community.
“It is important that, from a Muslim perspective, we see funds raised in this country, stay in this country as well as going abroad,” he said.
“We need to help people here at home, and improve the financial state of people struggling, due to no fault of their own.”
He added: “I was very pleased to be involved with the project on Monday and to see the Amir Khan Foundation up-close helping local communities.”
SELFIE: Members of staff as well as service users took photos with Amir throughout the event
SELFIE: Sarish met with Amir Khan and spoke about her work in Bradford with the homeless
Student rewarded for selfless homeless project
A fundraising teen from Bradford was joined by the likes of Amir Khan and Prince Charles last week as she was chosen to represent Yorkshire at a national NCS event.
Sarish Saghir, a Year 12 student at Bradford Girls Grammars School, worked tirelessly as a volunteer over the Christmas period through the National Citizenship Service, helping homeless people in the city.
After successfully securing a £2,000 donation through the Starbucks Youth Action programme, Sarish teamed up with a group of volunteers to buy and distribute clothing, blankets, sleeping bags and food, to those less fortunate.
VOLUNTEER: Sarish Saghir was selected to be one of the 100 young people, from a total of 40,000, to complete the NCS Leaders Programme in London
As a result of the project, self entitled ‘Hope for the Homeless’, the Girlington volunteer was selected to attend a special VIP event in Sunderland on Tuesday 27th January, alongside 100 other young people.
The event was organised to recognise the significant commitment of NCS volunteers like Sarish, who have collectively given over three million hours to their communities.
Although she may not have had the opportunity to meet His Royal Highness, she was delighted when the Royal stopped to listen to her presentation about her recent social action project.
After the presentation Sarish was then able to meet Olympic Medallist and NCS Ambassador, Amir Khan, to talk about her volunteering work.
“He was really interested to hear about what I had been doing,” she said. “He said he was very impressed by my commitment and encouraged me to continue the good work.
“Amir was so friendly and happy to spend time with all of us, answering questions about his family and about his anticipated fight with Floyd Mayweather.
“He was even happy to pose for selfies.”
Sarish was invited to the event following the completion of the NCS Leaders Programme – an intensive, week-long residential course in London.
Only one hundred volunteers, from the 40,000 young people who participate in the national programme, are nominated to take part in the course every year.
Sarish now plans to continue her volunteering work through the NCS and the Sixth Form Community Volunteering Programme (CVP), recently introduced to encourage students to get involved in community projects both within the school, through a mentoring programme, and out in the local community.
With a partnership secured with the national volunteering charity, ‘vInspired’, students are able to work towards the V50 and V100 volunteering awards which are recognised by universities and major employers.
Sarish has already clocked up over 50 hours of volunteering work and now has her sights firmly set on a V100 award.
One Direction singer Zayn Malik has had a deluge of murder threats and messages of complaint on Twitter for supporting the #FreePalestine campaign
Zayn Malik probably knew his protest tweet was the right decision and would cause a stir when he fired it off to his 13 million followers.
The hashtag has been trending for weeks now, and Zayn hit a massive 130,000 retweets and 138,000 favourites in a matter of minutes, and within 24 hours accumulated 230,000 retweets and favourites.
The popstar's dedicated fans are an engaged bunch on social media. Even a simple smiley emoticon issued from his account clocks up 180,000 retweets.
However, it soon became apparent that not everyone agreed with his sentiments on Palestine, as it’s earned the young singer rebukes, abuse and even death threats.
Angry Israeli fans have sent him some heavily furious and alarmingly violent responses calling for him to "kill himself" or to let them kill him instead.
The death threats even came from former fans, such as this person who continued to tweet Malik and anyone supporting him.
Of course, Malik isn’t the first famous face to tweet about the conflict. Rihanna forced a similar reaction when she posted #FreePalestine via her official account, only to delete it minutes later.
The current Gaza conflict has resulted in the deaths of more than 1200 Palestinians and around 60 Israelis.
It's also caused a spike in online abuse and arguments. Several racist hashtags have been trending for days.
Many social media users are sharing graphic images of victims on both sides.
Interestingly, many celebrities have been wary of commenting on the issue, spiking resentment and anger amongst their fan bases.
On Facebook, one person said: “Shocking how our Asian music artists and Bollywood celebrities have stayed away from voicing their opinion about the mass killing of Palestinians. Disgusted! If you can’t support your fans – why should your fans support you?”
Asian artists who have stepped forward and commented publically include England cricketer Moeen Ali, boxers Amir Khan and Adil Anwar, singers Usman Rehman, Shide Boss, Nafees, Bonafide, Kash Chaudhry, Nabz Chaudhry and dancers SonaAsh.
Amir ‘King’ Khan paid a special visit to Bradford last weekend as he was the guest of honour at the opening of My Lahore’s new look restaurant on Great Horton Road.
The welterweight champ was welcomed by fans and local businessmen as he paid a special visit to the city with his friends and family, including younger brother Haroon, who is an upcoming star himself.
The humble boxer was happy to pose for pictures with every person outside the restaurant and spoke to locals about things from Boxing to Bradford and everything in between.
My Lahore’s site has doubled in size due to the expansions, which was partly funded by a £149,189 grant from Bradford Council’s City Centre Business Growth Scheme.
Asghar Ali, CEO of My Lahore, explained why the restaurant had decided to expand and how it would be beneficial for the local community.
“We’ve been in Bradford now for the past 12 years and when we got the opportunity to expand our Great Horton site through to next door it seemed the ideal move, especially with the council’s support.
“The response so far has been fantastic. We have increased seating size from 120 to 250 and also doubled the number of staff employed so it is also giving back to the local community.”
He added: “Amir [Khan] is a friend of the family and regularly visits so was more than happy to come down to the redeveloped site and also speak about his Amir Khan Foundation.”
The City Centre Growth Scheme is a £35 million initiative, jointly funded by Bradford Council and the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr David Green, wished the company the best of luck for the future and looked forward to seeing the grant used in a positive way for the city.
He said: “This is a great example of how the City Centre Business Growth Scheme can give a step up to an already successful business to expand further and boost the local economy by creating jobs. I wish the Lahore Cafe Bar every success with their new larger premises.”
‘Highlight everything’, ‘ask for help and take ownership’ and ‘take little breaks’ were the wise words from some of the stars of sport and music who have given their time to offer words of wisdom and support to Leeds pupils taking exams this summer.
Throughout the year, sporting heroes, pop stars and TV presenters have been passing on their support to the thousands of Leeds pupils who are taking exams this year, by taking part in a motivational film for Child Friendly Leeds.
Amir Khan, Dizzy Rascal, Neon Jungle & Olly Murs amongst those supporting Leeds students
Numerous sporting stars who attended the ‘Sports Personality of the Year Awards’ when it was held in Leeds last December, agreed to send exam advice and good luck messages to Leeds pupils.
Amir Kahn offered some knock-out advice by telling pupils to “Work hard – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make the most of it.”
With good luck messages also coming from Australian Grand Prix driver Mark Weber, Olympic and Paralympic stars, including Ben Anslie, Hannah Cockcroft, Chris Hoy and Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson, as well as local heroes Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Hall.
Pop group Neon Jungle reminded students to go to bed early the night before the exam and revise hard, with pop star Olly Murs suggesting doing extra reading will also help achieve success. Also offering their words of wisdom from the pop world were Dizzee Rascal, Diana Vickers and Yorkshire’s own John Newman.
CBBC presenter Katie Thisleton offered some unusual advice to help students remember tricky facts – to sing them to the tune of their favourite song.
Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said: “It is fantastic that so many nationally and internationally renowned sportspeople, pop stars and TV personalities have taken the time out of their busy schedules to record these messages of support and good wishes to young people taking their exams.
“We all know how important it is to give all our children and young people the encouragement and inspiration to be a success. This film shows them that we are all behind them and believe they can do well.
“Child Friendly Leeds is about putting young people at the heart of everything we do. By recognising that exams are one of the most challenging times in a young person’s life and giving them encouragement to try their best will hopefully give everyone a real boost.”
The motivational film will be shown on the big screen in Millennium Square from next week, and will also be shown at schools across the city, as well as being shown at Miley Cyrus show at the First Direct arena tomorrow.
Leeds City Council has also arranged for a number of ‘good luck’ banners to be displayed throughout the city – within the city centre and outside schools, to remind the young people of Leeds how much support they have.
Young people who are looking for revision advice and what to do after taking their exams can visit the Leeds Pathways website which is provided by Leeds City Council and helps young people plan their future options after Year 11 – be it further education, training, apprenticeships or employment. Visit it at: www.leedspathways.org.uk/exam-revision T
One of the most anticipated nights of boxing this year finally unfolded last weekend with Bolton’s own Amir ‘King’ Khan picking up a unanimous points victory over challenger Luis Collazo.
The former world champion was competing as a welterweight for the first time in his career yet put on a dominant display against the experienced Puerto Rican, putting his opponent on the canvas three times in the 12 rounds.
Two judges scored the contest 119-104 while the third had it 117-106, reflecting the dominance of the Brit who had not been in the ring for more than a year since his victory over Julio Diaz.
CHAMP: Amir Khan’s unanimous points victory over Luis Collazo last weekend saw him pick up the WBC Silver and WBA International title in Las Vegas
The win also saw Khan pick up the WBC Silver and WBA International titles at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas, on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s win over Marcos Maidana.
Khan started the fight in a confident manner, keeping his opponent at bay with his reach advantage, before landing a big right hand in the second round that rocked Collazo.
Two rounds later and the New Yorker was on the canvas after missing with a big swing, as Khan continued to look the more likely victor.
Both men were penalised a point in the eighth round, with Collazo hitting a low punch and Khan punished for holding as the Brit began to show a bit of wear for the first time.
Yet any doubts that began to run through the crowds’ minds were soon put to rest in the tenth as Collazo was twice knocked down. Firstly, a succession of body punches appeared to hurt the 33-year-old before a quick one-two stunned him once more.
Collazo barely made it to the final bell, resorting to a clear low blow in the final round to get away from the welterweight debutant, who was raised aloft in celebrations at the end of the twelfth.
When Khan’s hand was raised the crowd knew he was back, and now the question is who does he face next? Obviously the contest many want to see is the Mayweather bout yet Khan appears to have other options before such a fight could take place.
“I had to be disciplined tonight,” Khan said. “Collazo's a great fighter. This was my first fight in 13 months. I'm still improving and will sit down with my team and look at the tape.
“I definitely want to fight again this year, either November or December. I don't want another year off.
“I like fighting at home but it depends what event it is, what show it is. If it was another show like this, as big as this, I'd be happy.”
Speaking about the possibility of a fight with Mayweather, who extended his unbeaten record to 46-0 with victory over Marcos Maidana in the headlining event, Khan said he would be confident about ending the streak.
“Mayweather put on a great performance but you look at the way I fought Maidana and the way he fought Maidana,” he said.
“I put him down with a great body shot. Maidana is slower than me and he was still catching Mayweather.
“Floyd is getting older and people want to see him get beat. It would be a boxing match, skills v skills, and the youth will take him, that's for sure. He changes his style for each fight but if he was just standing there I would definitely be able to get my shots off.”
When Amir ‘King’ Khan’s shot at a blockbuster bout against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather was finally dismissed, the Bolton boxer was left in limbo, with no match, no million-pound contract, and no idea what was going on.
CHANCE: Khan’s welterweight debut will come in May as he takes on Luis Collazo on the undercard of the Mayweather-Maidana fight
Khan had topped a fan’s poll to see who Mayweather should fight next yet it was the impressive Marcos Maidana who got the shot after a convincing victory over Adrien Broner in December.
Having already cancelled his December clash with Devon Alexander, and in turn losing the chance to pick up a World Championship, the Brit was forced to find a new opponent.
Step forward, WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo. The man who suffered a split decision defeat in Ricky Hatton’s Welterweight debut will take on Khan in his weight class bow, next month in Las Vegas on the undercard of the Mayweather and Maidana fight.
It will have been more than a year since Khan stepped foot in the ring when he appears in Vegas on the 3rd May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, yet he says he is determined to prove himself worthy of a match-up with Mayweather.
“I’m looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention…is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage,” said Khan.
“Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on 3rd May is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport.”
Victory over the Brooklyn native Collazo, who has 35 victories (18KO) and five losses, would surely put Khan back in the sights of Mayweather yet he insists the potential match will only happen when he is ready.
“I do regret a few things and I should have taken the [Devon] Alexander fight because I’d have been a world champion now,” said Khan.
“Then the Mayweather fight fell through. I should have got one more fight in and it’s a mistake that I will never make again.
“Mayweather decided not to take the fight with me, probably because he thought I would be the first to take away his unbeaten record, and is now fighting somebody I’ve already beaten. I think the fight with Mayweather will happen one day but I’m not rushing and it will happen when I’m ready.
“I’ve spoken to Floyd on the phone and he’s told me it’s nothing personal and he still wants to fight me. The whole thing has improved me physically and mentally and I am ready to come back.”
Before anything can even begin to materialise for Khan’s future matches he must first overcome the tricky obstacle which is Collazo.
Having taken nearly two years off from the ring, the welterweight champ made his return in 2011, and has won five of six bouts, including four straight.
OBSTACLE: Luis Collazo, pictured here delivering a heavy blow during his most recent victory over Victor Ortiz, will certainly be no walkover for Amir Khan
This past January, he made the statement of a lifetime with a blistering second-round knockout victory over favoured, former world champion Victor Ortiz, and he says he has similar plans for Khan in May.
“Defeating Victor Ortiz in January was just the beginning,” said Collazo. “Facing and beating Amir Khan on the biggest stage in the sport is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I will take full advantage of this and put myself in the best position to face the winner of the main event. I hope Khan is ready because Brooklyn is coming to take him down.”
Amir Khan will take on Luis Collazo on the 3rd May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, in what is sure to be one of the most anticipated ‘undercards’ of recent memory.
Pound for pound the world’s best boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather jnr announced to the world on his 37th birthday via Twitter that he will be fighting Marcos Maidana in a Welterweight title fight even though he had asked the public and the fans to decide who he should fight next, Maidana or Khan. Mayweather and his team are well known for toying with the boxing media and fans alike, playing hype, mind games and spinning webs of confusion, deflection and illusion with regards to what he is doing next.
THE CHOSEN ONE: ‘I challenge Maidana to do what 45 others have tried to do before him: beat me’
Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said: “Mayweather has more than 11 million followers on various social media outlets and the poll was just one of the vehicles used. Bottom line, we took a look at everything that was coming through on the various outlets and we're fighting the very best guy out there.”
Me personally, from a British interest, would have loved for Khan to have fought Mayweather, the greatest fighter on the planet to date. And like Amir Khan always says he wants to fight the best of the best like any fighter.
I really thought it might happen at one point but reading between the lines Mayweather never said anything to anybody about who he would be fighting and there has been many months of feverish speculations and lots of silly reports that a deal had been done. I don’t know how Amir Khan and his team could say a deal had been met and that they had signed their half of the contract but Team Mayweather had not signed theirs.
Please correct me if I’m wrong but in business dealings in general, a deal is done only when both parties have signed contracts on the dotted line. It seems Amir has been lead the pied piper’s merry dance and now finds himself in lounging limbo.
Mayweather said in a statement: “Marcos Maidana's last performance immediately brought him to my attention. He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him: Beat me.”
Yet again I believe Amir Khan has been ill advised by his team, or was it he himself, who put all his eggs in one basket only to be left with an empty nest. He should have fought and beaten Devon Alexander, former Welterweight champ, when he had the chance and that would have put him in good stead for a real Mayweather fight showdown that we all could have sunk our teeth into. What’s happened here? Amir’s been chasing fool’s gold.
IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed
Lets not forget I’m an Amir Khan fan, and I think he is a great fighter but does he really deserve that big fight? OK so Amir brings to the table the untapped Middle Eastern/Asian markets, taking a high level boxing super fight to a place where it has never been exploited. Raising awareness and making the fight bigger for the world’s media and press, public training tours in the UK and USA, Amir even got various authorities assurances for an agreed military security for the press tours in Pakistan and Dubai were they to happen. So confident was he that the Mayweather fight was on.
Amir has been exciting and active over the last couple of years. However the quality of his opponents since his devastating knockout loss to WBC champ Danny Garcia have not really been of a high calibre required leading up to a Mayweather super fight. His opponents were Carlos Molina and faded Julio Diaz who incidentally knocked Khan to the canvas in the fourth round back in April 2013. The question comes down to entitlement. Maidana is a knockout artist and who stepped up and got the attention of the world and Team Mayweather with a fantastic win over former undefeated champion, Golden Boy Promotions super star, Adrien Broner which clearly and deservedly got him the Mayweather fight.
POWER-PUNCHER: Maidana brings knockout danger to Mayweather
Amir really needs to fight a big time opponent now to get back in the mix A good fight for him now would be to fight Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner coming off his recent loss to Maidana. A make or break fight for both. It is an easy fight to make as they both have the same promoter.
Amir Khan wins this high profile fight, then that will certainly push Mayweather to offer him a real fight and not an illusion.
IN LIMBO: Amir Khan was left disappointed
“Following the announcement by Floyd Mayweather that he will be facing Marcos Maidana on May 3rd I would like to clarify my situation for my fans and members of the media.
“Despite having signed my part of the agreement to fight Floyd in early December, I’ve been preparing myself for some time that the match up with him wasn’t going to happen, as I announced on Twitter a few days ago. Therefore, this announcement did not come as a surprise.
“I am, however, very disappointed with Floyd and his team for not providing any explanation as to why he delayed the announcement for so long and ultimately avoided the fight with me.
“It has been a very frustrating period as I’d been due to fight in December against Devon Alexander, however, I was strongly advised to not take this fight as I would be facing Floyd this May – and therefore signed my side of the contract on this belief.
“Floyd was keen to engage with the fans and so decided to let them choose who he should fight in his next bout. I clearly won his official poll, by a significant margin, but for unknown reasons he decided to ignore the fans vote and failed to keep his word. Disappointing many fight fans who took the time to vote.
“I genuinely wish Marcos and Floyd all the best for their fight – two great fighters. As a team we have now moved on and are looking at different options.
Last Sunday night at the Hilton Hotel in Bradford, Amir Khan hosted a sell-out fundraising dinner for Islamic Relief’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, which caused huge devastation in the Philippines last month.
Over 500 people from all across the UK attended the black tie event and a staggering £83,400 was raised to help victims of the disaster by the end of the night.
FUNDRAISERS: Thousands were raised for Islamic Relief’s Typhoon Haiyan Appeal (l-r) Co-organisers Rizwan Malik and Amir Khan, with the UK Director of Islamic Relief, Jhangir Malik
The fantastic total was raised through ticket sales and an impressive charity auction, which featured rare items including a signed Mohamed Ali boxing glove, Filipino boxer, Manny Pacquiao’s boxing shorts, one of Usain Bolt’s famous running shoes and a special meet and greet with Amir Khan at his own gym, Gloves Community Centre.
Amir explained: “When I heard about the devastation in the Philippines I wanted to do anything I could to help – so I got in touch with Rizwan Malik and Islamic Relief to organise this fundraiser.
“The evening was an astounding success and the amount raised has exceeded all our expectations and I can’t thank everyone enough for their generosity.
“I’d also like to thank Rizwan, who helped me organise the whole event in just two weeks – his support really was invaluable.”
BOXERS: Amir Khan and Haroon Khan sit with friends and family at last weekend’s events
Rizwan added his delight at the success of the night and explained his gratitude to the ‘special host’.
He said: “I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved and now we hope the money raised will really help the Islamic Relief Foundation’s Philippines Appeal.
“It was great to see Amir so passionate about giving back and helping others – we couldn’t have asked for a better host for the evening.”
HOSTS: The evening was a major success with hosts (l-r) Sajjad Hussain, Amir Khan and Mohammed Sajid
Boxing ace Amir Khan has hailed stable-mate Andre Ward as one of the world’s very best, after the American boxer overcame the previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez last weekend.
The super-middleweight world champion, who holds the WBA Super and Ring Magazine titles, made his long-awaited return to the squared circle following an injury to his shoulder which has kept him out of action since September 2012.
CHAMP: Super middleweight world Champion, Andre Ward, has been highly praised by Bolton ace, Amir Khan
Winning the bout on a unanimous points decision, Ward extended his unbeaten career to 27 fights and remains the number one ranked Super Middleweight in the world.
Now, Amir Khan, the former unified lightwelterweight world champion, has also backed Ward’s unique ability to be just as proficient and believes a possible rematch with British bruiser, Carl Froch, would be a ‘massive’ fight.
Ward convincingly beat the man from Nottingham when they met in December 2011 but Froch’s recent triumphs over Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, plus the bad blood between the pair, has led to calls for them to share the ring again, something which excites Khan.
“If Ward and Froch fought again it would be a huge fight, particularly in Britain. They’ve both excelled in the supermiddleweight division and are the two leading names there now,” Khan said.
“They’re both world champions, so it’s a fight which definitely makes sense and one boxing fans want to see. I believe the fight would follow the same course as the first one. The thing is with Ward he’s very clever and smart, and can fight inside just as well as he does outside.
“Carl is an all-action sort of fighter and I think that plays into Ward’s hands because he can use his boldness against him. Ward would be more eager to try and get the stoppage in a rematch, because of some of the things which were said after the first fight, but there’s no doubt it would be a really exciting match up and occasion.”
Khan added: “The onus would be on Carl to take Ward into the trenches and force him to fight his kind of fight but that wouldn’t be easy to do because Ward is very disciplined and makes adjustments,”