British professional boxing star expressed his wish of facing Indian professional boxer, Vijender Singh after his first match in the middle-weight against Mexico’s boxer Canelo Alvarez on 7th May.
Amir Khan talked to Indian media in San Francisco before his much anticipated bout against Alvarez. Khan said he had to move to the middle-weight category because there wasn’t any suitable opponent left in his previous, welterweight category.
Amir Khan said while talking to media, “I had to increase my weight category by two levels to fight for the middleweight title as there weren’t any boxers left to fight in my earlier category, and when Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao refused to fight with me the only choice left to me was to take on boxers at different levels.”
The Pakistani origin British boxer mulled about his plans of opening boxing academies in the two neighboring countries, Pakistan and India. He expressed his admiration for Mary Kom and and Vijender Singh, “I am a big fan of Mary Kom and Vijender Singh. They are what they are because they had the opportunities. The same is most of us and that’s why I want to create these academies so that the facilities reach to all corners of India. I hope to create world-class boxers and MMA fighters in the next 2-3 years from India.”
Amir wished to take on Singh in his backyard, who has been undefeated since he has turned a pro boxer. Khan praised Singh saying, “Vijender Singh is the talent that India has in professional boxing and I would want to fight him in India soon.”
Amir Khan is expected to visit India soon to promote his brother, Haroon Khan’s professional fight.