Today Sportsvibe proudly presented two filmed interviews with Amir Khan, the current WBA world light-welterweight boxing champion of the world, and already one of the most respected and famous fighters on the planet.
He is still only 24 years old, having won an Olympic silver medal back in 2004 when he was just 17 years of age. We respect him as a sportsman, of course, but we respect him even more because of how he and his family have reacted to their success.
Take a trip to Prince Street in Bolton and you may be able to see for yourselves. The Gloves Community Centre will be the Khan’s legacy long after Amir calls it a day which, he tells us, will be in four years’ time. It is here that kids can come to learn how to box. It is also here where they can come just to talk, to use a computer room to study, to work or to look for jobs. As Khan tells us, even in this day there is too much street crime, and too many guns and knives in the area. It is his hope that the Community Centre at the very least keeps them out of trouble, although he harbours hopes that the next Amir Khan will be created at his very own gym, where there are two boxing rings and all facilities required.
Amir Khan on life, football, Pacquiao and his gloves community gym
Throw in the many causes he has supported – the Asian Tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake, child safety on British railways, a charity designed to end violence between men and women in families, and even minor cases ( when we visited Bolton Amir presented a boy whose bag had been stolen with a new bag and the chance to meet him and hang out in the gym) – and this is what the public should focus on when seeing the man for the first time in a ring. more www.sportsvibe.co.uk