We Meet Boxer & Philantropist Amir Khan!

Amir Khan, is famous for being the youngest ever British world champion in boxing, but he is also busy running his own charity, the Amir Khan Foundation.

Amir Khan with Zena Media's Lea Jakobiak

One of Britain's brightest sports stars, Amir was born and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to a Punjabi family.

He was first taken to the Bolton Lads boxing gym by his father, aged just eight, because he was 'overactive'! He then began to box competitively at 11 years-old.

Now 32, Amir has amassed a long list of achievements and awards over the years! Here are a few highlights:

  • Amir 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 one of the youngest ever British professional world champions, winning the WBA title at the age of 22. He held this WBA title from 2009 to 2012

  • He also held the Commonwealth lightweight title from 2007 to 2008

  • In 2007, he was named ESPN prospect of the year

Photo cred: Sky Sports

Zena Media was offered the exclusive opportunity to interview Amir Khan at an event hosted by ThinkMarkets in London, where he was the guest of honor.

And as you read this, you may be asking; what does boxing and business have in common? Well, according to Amir, when it comes to striving for success, the same rules apply for everybody.

He said: "When you go into a fight, you don't go in to lose, you work hard to get that win. So our choices, whether in sports or in business, are very similar.

"The reward is the same, it's bigger at the top. It's all about staying focused, determination and never giving up."

But Amir Khan is about more than a famous Boxer, he is a philantropist too. He created the Amir Khan Foundation which "is dedicated towards supporting young people who are disadvantaged in life".

Photo Cred: Amir Khan Foundation

As well as helping less fortunate people in the UK, The AK foundation also provides support during emergency disasters around the world.

It raised £200,000 to provide food, water, medicine, blankets and sleeping bags for Syrian refugees, and £41,000 for the crisis in Yemen earlier this year.

And as well as working on his own foundation, Amir has collaborated with charities such as Oxfam, NSPCC, and the National Rail's campaign "No Messin".

Amir may be slowing down his work inside the boxing ring, but he's certainly ramping up the fight for global justice, and he's just getting started!

Thank you for your time Amir!

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