‘I am ready to help Pakistan boxers’

Published: May 14, 2012

Despite being disappointed by the cancellation of his rematch against Lamont Peterson, Amir plans to improve the state of Pakistan boxing and prepare the local athletes boxers for the 2016 Olympics. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

While Amir Khan is desperate to regain his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles, he is also concerned by the demise of the sport in Pakistan, the land of his ancestors, and wants to help the local boxers prepare for the 2016 Olympics.

The Bolton-based boxer expressed his disappointment as Pakistan failed to confirm even a single berth for the 2012 London Olympics, a similar tale to the 2008 Beijing Games.

“It’s very disappointing that nobody qualified for the mega event,” Amir told The Express Tribune. “We have great talent in Pakistan but I think we need to invest in improved facilities and coaching.

“Keeping that in mind, I’m available if Pakistan boxing needs any help. I offered my gym in Bolton to the Pakistan boxers ahead of their qualifiers too. This offer will always be open to them.”

‘Waseem can be a good professional’

Meanwhile, Amir hoped that Mohammad Waseem, currently Pakistan’s most accomplished boxer, will make his name in professional boxing.

The Quetta-based pugilist turned professional recently after being offered the chance by the AIBA Professional Boxing.

“He can be a good professional but he needs the right coach behind him. Amateur boxing is completely different from professional boxing. He has my support all the way.”

Amir, who had earlier planned to visit Pakistan after his rematch with Lamont Peterson, had to change his plans after the fight was cancelled with Peterson failing a drugs test.

“I will probably visit Pakistan after Ramazan now. The main thing will be to meet my fans because they very rarely get to see me as I am so far away.”

According to reports, the boxer had also planned to give tips to local boxers during his planned trip to Pakistan.

Disappointed after rematch cancelled

Meanwhile, Amir was utterly disappointed after his rematch with Peterson was cancelled.

“I was really upset and angry because I trained very hard for this fight. I wanted to knock him out this time but at the same time I feel that justice has been done. After everything that went on with the first fight, I knew something wasn’t right.”

Amir hoped that the authorities will hand him back his lost titles as a result.

“Hopefully, the commission will class that fight as a no contest and will return the belts. Otherwise the belts will be taken back from Peterson and I will fight for them in my next fight. He should be banned now. We can’t let anyone get away with this.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Pungi
    May 15, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Pakistan loves you..! :)

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  • Jeans
    May 15, 2012 - 12:26AM

    That’s like Real HERO !!!

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  • Uzzy
    May 15, 2012 - 7:42AM

    well done, keep it up

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  • Sahibzada Shabir
    May 15, 2012 - 8:24AM

    Pakistan Loves YOU also, come and play your part.

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  • IMRAN
    May 15, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Nice

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  • Yasin
    May 15, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Everyone sitting outside wants to help Pakistan. Thank you Amir for this generous offer. However you need to realize this fact as well that people of Pakistan don’t want to be helped.

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  • imposter
    May 15, 2012 - 9:39AM

    He is British!

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  • Disco
    May 15, 2012 - 10:17AM

    @Yasin:

    Well Said :)

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  • badsha
    May 15, 2012 - 12:35PM

    thats greta! Hats Off to Amir. I hope our Ministry of Sports or else should consider this great opprtunity and should invite him to train our talent. Moreover, boxing is one of the highest paying sports, this may increase foreign remittances.

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  • Zamir Malik
    May 15, 2012 - 12:40PM

    He is saying the same rhetoric for many years but not been able to set up a single boxing ring in Pakistan. So if he is serious in helping Pakistan then atleast set one Boxing ring in Pakistan atleast in your hometown Rawalpindi and then it could be the first step to help the boxers of Pakistan.

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  • HRo
    May 15, 2012 - 3:40PM

    At least he is saying something good for Pakistan

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  • Tamoor Rindh
    May 15, 2012 - 5:59PM

    love u Khan…pk

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  • Syed
    May 15, 2012 - 6:15PM

    Amir Khan is the only positive news going for Pakistan

    I really hope Mohammad Waseem gets the right coaching and hope he can make Pakistan proud too. He has the talent

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  • May 15, 2012 - 7:05PM

    I love this Guy. He needs to come to Pakistan and suggest the authorities for all the arrangements/facilities they need. So in this way he can improve the quality as well.

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  • fakoo
    May 16, 2012 - 12:29AM

    we love you .. Pakistan loves you :)

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