Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Khan rules out boxing for his child

Champion Amir Khan said he would not allow his son or daughter to become a boxer
Champion Amir Khan said he would not allow his son or daughter to become a boxer

Olympic medallist and boxer Amir Khan has revealed he would not let his son or daughter follow in his fighting footsteps.

The 2009 World Light Welterweight Champion, who is expecting a girl in May with wife Faryal Makhdoom, said the sport is one of the toughest in the world and he would not want to see his child go through what he does.

In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Khan said: "A lot of people said to me if it were a boy, would you let your boy box? No I wouldn't let my boy box, definitely not. Boxing is probably one of the toughest sports in the world, I know what I go through and I could never see my child go through that."

When asked by presenter Louise Minchin whether he would let his daughter box, Khan replied: "Never".

He added: "My dad's really happy with what I've achieved in the sport of boxing, but still it's hard to see your son or your daughter in a boxing ring. When it comes to daughters, never, I'll never let her throw a punch."

The boxer was interviewed ahead of his fight on May 3, though his opponent has yet to be decided after Floyd Mayweather decided against fighting him despite a poll by fans choosing Khan to be his opponent.

The Bolton boxer who won the silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 expressed his disappointment at Mayweather's decision.

He said: "I'm just upset at the fact that it didn't happen because contracts were signed from my team and sent back to Floyd in December so I thought maybe they were going to announce a fight in January.

"I didn't hear anything back until the poll. He had a poll and he said 'I want my fans to choose who I should fight' and the fans picked me."

Mayweather decided he would fight Argentinian boxer Marcos Maidana on May 3 in Las Vegas and challenged Khan to fight American boxer Adrien Broner but the latter declined the offer, Khan said.

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