Amir ‘King’ Khan has propelled himself into the world’s elite fighters with his impressive display against four-time world champion Zab Judah at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and is now the recognised WBA ‘super’ champion. The 24 year-old out-classed a world-renowned fighter in ‘Super’ Judah, dominating him for every round until a sweet body shot took him out in the fifth round.
The down to earth lad from Bolton has secured himself a place in British boxing history by unifying the light-welterweight division and has years ahead of him to cement a lasting legacy in the sport. Khan, who just missed out on an Olympic gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, has never shied away from taking on the world’s best and is now reaping the rewards, along with the adulation he rightly deserves.
The devout Muslim already has a fight plan mapped out by US promoters Golden Boy, who see him fighting in the States later this year, possibly against Mexican legend Erik Morales, before a triumphant return to the UK in March or April 2012. Dependant on whether Floyd Mayweather comes through Victor Ortiz on September 17th, a second UK date in 2012 is being whispered by CEO Richard Schaefer and a Wembley Stadium date for the chance to become the pound for pound world’s best could be more than a dream for Britain’s premier fighter.
Khan has built up a huge following in America, where his well-mannered and humble approach to the sport has earned him many friends and deflects from the unwarranted negativity from some corners of his homeland. The world title holder never lets anything affect his positive outlook though and that attributes to his likeability.