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Amir Khan welcomes Olympic pros, wants to represent Pakistan

Phil Jay 01/06/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Former world champion Amir Khan has spoken up in favour of the June 1 ruling by the AIBA that professional boxers are now free to compete at the Olympic games.

The 28 year-old British-born Pakistani, who recently lost out to Canelo Alvarez in a world middleweight title bid, is currently in his parents’ native land for the first major pro boxing event – being held in Karachi.

During a press conference on Wednesday, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist for Great Britain was asked directly what his thoughts were about the controversial decision made by the AIBA and also whether he would consider competing for a second time.

“It´s a decision which I welcome,” said Khan. “It will help boxers.

“f I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan. I will be very happy if I can compete in Olympics.

“I want to serve Pakistan,” he added.

Khan would have to commit to a qualifying tournament being held next month in Venezuela in his bid to be ready for Rio 2016, whilst there are several metres of red tape for the Bolton man to manoeuvre in order to make it possible this time around.

The one-time super lightweight king is the first major name to reveal his interest in competing at the Olympics following a high-profile career in the paid ranks, and will surely face stern opposition from those against the ruling.