Amir Iqbal Khan is a British professional boxer, born on 8 December, 1986. He is a former two-time world champion and former unified WBA (Super) and IBF lightweight Welterweight champion.
He has fought in the lightweight division and also won the Commonwealth, WBO Inter-Continental, and WBA International titles.
Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist. At the age of 17, he won the silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He is also among the youngest British world champions ever. He won the WBA lightweight Welterweight title at age 22.
Khan was born and raised in Bolton, England, in a British Pakistani family. His family belongs to Punjab, Pakistan.
Khan knows three languages: Urdu, English and Punjabi. He was educated at Bolton Community College. Khan has two sisters and one brother. His brother, Haroon Khan, is also a professional boxer and has represented Pakistan at the international level. Khan’s first cousin, Sajid Mahmood, plays for the English cricket team.
Khan is a practicing Muslim. In addition to boxing, he shows interest in playing sports such as cricket, football and basketball. He is also a fan of his local football club, Bolton Wanderers, and uses the club’s training facilities.
Khan got engaged to New York student Faryal Makhdoom. The engagement was held at the Reebok Stadium on 29 January 2012. A thousand friends and family members participated in the ceremony, including Ricky Hatton.
Khan started boxing at the age of 11. He won early honors, which were three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold at the 2003 Junior Olympics. At the beginning of 2004, he won a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania. He also won the World Junior Lightweight title in South Korea. One of his most remarkable fights was against Victor Ortíz. He defeated his opponent in the second round.
He qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics by getting in first position at the 1st AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. He was the only representative for Britain in boxing at the Athens Games. In that game, he won the silver medal in the lightweight boxing category. Khan was the youngest Olympic boxer since Colin Jones in 1976, representing Britain. He lost in the final match to Mario Kindelan, who had beaten him many times before.
From 2003 to 2005, Khan won several matches and added several medals to his name. He won gold medals at AAU Junior Olympic Games, European Student Championships and the World Junior Championships. He won the Strandja cup, which helped in qualifying for the Olympics in Athens. In 2004, he won the silver medal at the Olympics by beating four opponents. In 2005, he won the last match of his amateur career, beating Mario Kindelan 19–13 at the Reebok Stadium.