When Amir Khan fought at the 2004 Olympics, he carried a nation’s hopes with him.
He remains one of British boxing’s brightest young hopes – a fighter and a hero who is very proud of his heritage.
Here he talks about his own upbringing in Bolton, his ambitions and his hopes for young people growing up in Britain today.
You have had quite a journey since you burst on to the scene at the Greece Olympics in 2004. Can you put your feelings into words?
It has been a fantastic journey, a dream come true. My professional career is going really well and I couldn’t really ask for more.
Who were your role models as a child and why did you look up to them?
My parents and grandparents were my role models as they were always there for me and supported me throughout my childhood. Also Muhammad Ali as he has achieved so much in the world of boxing. He’s a true legend and I’ve always wanted to be like him.
How do you feel knowing you are now a role model yourself?
I receive a lot of fan mail and emails and it feels good to be a positive role model out there.
It shows that you are doing something good and it is special as people are looking up to you and want to be just like you.
Who gave you the best piece of advice when you were starting out in boxing and what was it?
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