“I would love to compete for Pakistan,” says Amir Khan
Pakistani origin UK boxer, Amir Khan has expressed his wish to represent Pakistan in the Rio Olympics if the rules and his promoter allow him.
“If I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan. I will be very happy if I can compete in the Olympics. I want to serve Pakistan,” said Amir Khan in a press conference in Karachi.
Amir Khan said this after AIBA announced on Wednesday that professional boxers can compete in the largest sporting event, Olympics.
Amir Khan had won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the lightweight category for the Great Britain, he was only 17 years old at that time.
The Boston-born boxer turned pro afterwards and in 2009, he defeated Andriy Kotelnik to become the WBA Super-lightweight champion.
Recently, Amir Khan pushed his limits and jumped two categories up to take on Saul Alvarez for the WBC middle-weight championship that he lost in the sixth round with a brutal knockout.
Where many has opposed the decision of allowing pro boxers in Olympics, including the boxing great Mike Tyson, Amir Khan has backed the verdict.
Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary Iqbal seemed excited with the idea of Amir Khan stepping into the ring in Olympics with a Pakistani flag on his chest.
“I have to check the rules whether Amir can compete or not but it would be a huge boost for us if it happens because he is our hero,” Iqbal said.
In the 2012 London Olympics, Amir Khan’s younger brother Haroon Khan was not allowed to represent Pakistan as he had boxed for the Great Britain at the junior level.
Amir Khan is currently in Pakistan for a noble cause of raising funds to drill two wells in the drought hit region of Thar.