Boxer Amir Khan pledges two wells for Thar

Published: May 29, 2016
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KARACHI: World Boxing Council Silver welterweight champion Amir Khan will be holding a high-end charity event, under the aegis of the Amir Khan Trust, from June 2 to raise funds for drilling two wells in Thar.

The event’s organisers revealed that the international boxer’s tour will stretch over three days with a meet-and-greet at a local mall taking place on May 31, followed by a public workout at the Frere Hall the next day.

The main event, which will feature eight international boxers, will take place on June 2 at a local hotel.

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“It is a fund-raising event to drill two water wells in Thar,” the organisers told The Express Tribune. “The main event will be properly recorded as Khan wants to bring international boxing to Pakistan.”

Meanwhile, hospitality partners of Amir Khan Trust, Pearl Continental Hotels, revealed that the charges for the Main Fight Night are set at Rs150,000/- for a table of ten people each.

National boxers in the dark about event

While the event is aimed at improving the boxing scenario in Pakistan, the national boxers, surprisingly, are unaware of it.

PAF boxer Arshad Hussain, who is currently attending a training camp in Islamabad ahead of Pakistan’s Olympic qualifiers, revealed that the Pakistan Boxing Federation had not told them about the event.

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However, Hussain remains optimistic that having international boxers fighting in the country is the best way forward to improve the scenario of the sport in the country.

“The reason we are not performing to our potential is because we don’t get to fight against international boxers. These pugilists have a far superior technique than ours. Khan’s event can certainly be great for the boxers but we don’t know much about it yet,” he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Last Man Alive
    May 29, 2016 - 10:52AM

    Well if he tried to dig those well through the “courtesy” of the Sindhi Corruption Party

    Government in Sindh then he would actually be digging well for his heard earned money.Recommend

  • PakSal
    May 30, 2016 - 11:59AM

    I fail to understand what is the government of Sindh for? If they can’t even provide basic stuff to the poor people of Tharin particular and other places in general, what are they in government for? The Thar crisis is not even new, its happening for a few years, shouldn’t this be considered criminal negligence of the government?Recommend

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