Amir Iqbal Khan is a former professional boxer from the United Kingdom who competed from 2005 until 2022. On December 8, 1986, Amir Iqbal Khan was born. Amir held undisputed light-welterweight world titles Between 2009 and 2012 including the WBA, which was subsequently renamed Super, and the IBF. Amir then had the Commonwealth lightweight championship regionally from 2007 to 2008.
Amir also had the WBC Silver welterweight championship from 2014 to 2016, and then in 2016, he contended for the WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight belts. Khan grew up in Bolton, Greater Manchester, to a Punjabi family who was also a Rajput family with roots in Matore village, Kahuta Tehsil, Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan. He attended Smithills School in Bolton as well as Bolton Community College. Khan is a Muslim who belongs to the Naqshbandi Sufi Order and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards.
Khan has two sisters and one brother, professional boxer Haroon "Harry" Khan. He is Sajid Mahmood's first cousin through a paternal grandpa, Lal Khan Janjua, who migrated to England after being released from the Pakistan Army. Khan began competing in boxing at the age of 11, winning three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold in the 2003 Junior Olympics. He earned a gold medal at the European Student Championships in Lithuania in early 2004, then a global junior lightweight championship in South Korea some months later after competing five times in seven days. One of his early amateur battles was against Victor Ortz, whom he stopped in the second round. He had an amateur record of 101-9 overall. Khan earned a spot in the 2004 Summer Olympics by winning the inaugural AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
He was Britain's lone boxing representative in the Athens Games, winning a silver medal in the lightweight boxing division at the age of 17. Since Colin Jones in 1976, he was Britain's youngest Olympic boxer. He was defeated in the final by Mario Kindelán, a Cuban who had previously defeated him in pre-Olympic matches in Greece. In his last amateur bout in 2005, he avenged the two losses by defeating the 34-year-old Kindelan. His Olympic fights received approximately 8 million people on BBC, with 8 million watching his last Olympic contest against Kindelan. His rematch with Kindelan in 2005 got 6.3 million viewers on ITV. In July 2005, he made his professional debut against David Bailey. The fight received 4.4 million people, ITV's highest Saturday night viewing ratings of the month. By 2006, his fights on ITV averaged around 6 million to 7 million viewers.
On 14 July 2007, Khan won his first regional championship, defeating Willie Limond at The O2 Arena to become Commonwealth lightweight champion. Amit was knocked down in the sixth round but returned to score a knockdown in the seventh. Limond was forced to quit at the end of round eight due to a fractured nose and potential jaw injuries, according to his corner. Amir is a boxer but he is also a philanthropist who runs his charity named Amir Khan Foundation.
He is a promoter and sponsor, as well as the owner of Khan Promotions and Pakistan's Amir Khan Academy, as well as a co-owner of India's Super Fight League (MMA) and Super Boxing League. He has also appeared as a celebrity on many reality tv shows and game shows. Khan featured on the seventeenth season of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2017.