Amir Khan (born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer and two-time former world champion, having held the unified WBA and IBF light welterweight titles. He currently holds the WBC Silver welterweight title, and has fought at three weight classes: lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight.
Khan is the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist, winning silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics, at the age of 17. He is also one of the youngest ever British world champions, winning the WBA light welterweight title at the age of 22. The International Business Times ranked him the eighth best pound for pound boxer in 2011.
As an amateur, he scored notable wins over two-time Olympic gold medalist Mario Kindelán and future world champion Victor Ortiz. As a professional, Khan holds notable wins over nine world champions, including Andreas Kotelnik, Marcos Maidana, Julio Díaz, Luis Collazo, Chris Algieri, Paulie Malignaggi, Devon Alexander, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Zab Judah.
Early Life of Amir Khan
Khan was born and raised in Bolton, England. He belongs to 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, an undefeated 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.