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Amir Khan Boxer

Amir Iqbal Khan is a British professional boxer, promoter and philanthropist.

He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011.

At regional level, he held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008.

  • Born: 8 December 1986 (age 33 years), Bolton
  • Full name: Amir Iqbal Khan
  • Height: 1.74 m
  • Weight: 63 kg
  • Spouse: Faryal Makhdoom (m. 2013)
  • Children: Lamaisah Khan, Alayna Khan
  • Movies: Team Khan
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About Amir Iqbal Khan

Amir Iqbal Khan was born 8 December 1986 and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. He is a Punjabi Rajput family with roots in Matore village of Kahuta Tehsil, located in Rawalpindi district of the Punjab, Pakistan.

He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton, and Bolton Community College. Khan is Muslim, and a member of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order, along with being an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards.

Khan has two sisters and one brother, Haroon “Harry” Khan, also a professional boxer. He is the first cousin of English cricketer Sajid Mahmood, related through a paternal grandfather, Lal Khan Janjua, who moved to England after being discharged from the Pakistan Army.

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As an amateur, Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division at the 2004 Olympics, becoming at the age of 17, Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medalist.

He is also one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. In 2007, he was named ESPN prospect of the year.

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He is a former unified light-welterweight world champion, having held the WBA (later Super) title from 2009 to 2012, and the IBF title in 2011.

At regional level, he held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008.

He also held the WBC Silver welterweight title from 2014 to 2016, and once challenged for a middleweight world title in 2016.

As of August 2019, Khan is ranked as the world’s ninth best active welterweight by BoxRec.

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Outside of boxing, he is a philanthropist with his own charity organisation, Amir Khan Foundation. He is also a promoter and sponsor, the owner of Khan Promotions and Pakistan’s Amir Khan Academy, and a co-owner of India’s Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League.

As a celebrity, he has also participated in several game shows. In 2017, Khan appeared on the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!; he was the highest-paid contestant in the history of the show.