Fighters often talk about the legacy of their past. They envision themselves as Marciano or a Louis, or a Robinson or the legendary Duran or a Leonard or a Hagler. The list of the treasures that cross over into mainstream society is only available to the very few.
For terms of the British setting, Amir Khan occupies a considerable space and when he eventually leaves the squared circle, the footprints he leaves behind will be significant.
Don’t be shocked to see him continue beyond the date of 19 February with his fierce opponent Kell Brook, and not just to trigger the Rematch clause. The training camp he attended in Colorado has rekindled his passion and perhaps even dangerously so. At the age of 35, on the edge of his 150th career bout and his 40th professional fight He is a bit enticed by the thought of an eternal youth. He’s like a middle-aged yoga teacher who scratches ears with his shoe.
“I never thought I’d be going strong at 35,” Khan says I during sessions at 7700 feet above sea level. “I’m wiser now, smarter. I fight every fight one step at one at a time. I have always said that I would like to retire at my own pace, and not have boxing as a means to retire me. I’m feeling like I have more than three or two fights in my body. The camp brought a different Amir Khan out of me. I’m a new person.”
The battle with Brook is a chance to bring together rivals from different careers that have previously operated in separate orbits. The appetite for the fight is awe-inspiring. Tickets on sale for this Boxxer event in Manchester were sold out in just 4 minutes. The promotion is Brook personal reasons to settle an unresolved issue that stems from times of shared amateurism, where Khan was praised at the world stage, while Brook had only won national titles. The aura attached Khan Khan and has identified him as a unique talent has been resisted by Brook his displeasure through time has morphed to hate. “I do not like his appearance. I’d like to punch him in the face.”
Perhaps, it’s surprising that the animosity doesn’t seem to be reciprocated. “I don’t hate Kell. I’ve never really disliked anyone. This is a game. There’s nothing personal about me. I suspect that his feelings towards me stem from jealousy. He was omitted due to my superior player in amateur competitions. In Brook’s Sheffield training facilityat Wincobank they were trained by professionals. As an amateur, you must throw more punches. Perhaps that’s why his name was never on the international teams. It’s not an easy business.”
In addition, Khan excel , he also did it as a single British Asian. In his memoir “A Boy From Bolton” which I co-wrote with me He relates the awe-inspiring sense of alienation and differences he encountered as the sole British Pakistani at amateur shows. His enthralling journey through the Olympic lightweight final at just 17 years old ignited many people who had felt secluded which is why when he became a professional, the world was a different place with his.
He was enthralled by the image of six-year-old Adam Azim, who sitting ringside alongside his father during Michael Gomez’s fight in 2008. Michael Gomez fight in 2008. Azim who is set to make his third appearance in professional boxing at the Manchester undercard, acknowledges Khan for igniting the passion to box. Khan beat opponents who were twice his age to be eligible for Olympics. He was a teenager doing vital things in the sport and community.
The honesty and clarity of his statements after the horrific attack on young men of similar British Pakistani background in London just one year following his Olympic triumph was a reflection of the position that Barry McGuigan took during the peak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. He was sincere and stern in condemning the violence. Their ferocious anger and bitterness wasn’t his. Their distorted perception of justice wasn’t his. The man was proud of being British and of Pakistani origins. This remains a significant message for sports as they continue to fight racism and its horrible consequences.
Khan has been involved in this sport since he was just eight years old. He has been a boxer for all the time he’s experienced and has helped him become extremely rich. He’s not, insists he, fighting Brook to earn money. He claims he’s doing this to help the fans. Maybe. Most likely, he’s trying to find the perfect way to end his career by concluding with a show and an outcome that will bring the story that he has carved out for himself to a sparkling conclusion.
Brook is the way to clean his slate of five losses and shines his name in a kind of enduring glow. Of the five opponents who defeat him, Khan has conceded ground to only two. “With Breidis Prescott Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia I am at fault. I made mistakes. I made mistakes. Canelo [Saul Alvarez] as well as [TerenceCrawford] Crawford it was difficult to compete against me at my best, if everything went the way I wanted it to.”
Khan ranks Crawford as the best. “He has the Ring intelligence. Canelo had a very easy time hitting, whereas I was unable to really get Crawford to flush. He was very awkward when compared to Canelo. Two different styles. Canelo has a slick style and is an athlete ready to take on punches and hit one. Crawford is smooth. He strikes you, but isn’t hit. He forces you to miss and responds. Spiteful. Both are snarky. You shouldn’t be in an unlit street in the evening.”
While he sustained injuries to his elbow and shoulder prior to the Crawford fight and fought to delay the fight however, he is not using the reason for his injuries as an excuse. “I was in the ring with just one arm. I was instructed to pull out, but when you have nearly $10 million (PS7.4m) in the bank, you’re not going to leave. One week after the fight, I was undergoing an operation. The surgeon was excellent. Three or four years ago things could be different. This is how it is.”
Khan took on to the Alvarez bout after refusing to get Floyd Mayweather, who stubbornly refused to fight. Khan was able to jump two divisions from welterweight to middleweight to take on Mayweather. “When Oscar [De La Hoyawas calling me, I couldn’t refuse. Maybe I’m too daring in my own way. Mayweather had been acting like a girl and would not take on my way, and I said”cool we’ll do the fight.” Khan had a merit and had enough praise to be able to meet the pay per view standards. He was aware that his chances of winning were slim , but, frightened that no one would be able to resist, and burned by the fire of primordiality the ring, Khan jumped into.
“It was an incongruity on paper. Being in the lead of the fight for the duration of two rounds] was incredible actually. I gained his respect. Sure, I was knocked down but he’s among the greatest Mexican fighters ever. I weighed in on fight night at 158 pounds. His was 187 pounds. It was insane. The weigh-in did not appear to be that large, however when I noticed him standing in the corner, I was wondering what was I doing? He was looking straight at me. It was massive.”
The fight was over, as it did against Crawford during the sixth round, with a devastating right hand that sent Khan on the ground. The beating was not sustained, like did the fight for Brook in the fight against Gennady Golovkin, and Errol Spence who both suffered fractures to the eye socket. Brook believes his more natural bulk, driven by his bad feelings will decide the outcome of this match. Khan thinks that a less skilled fighter is who is cashing out.