Pakistani origin boxer Amir Khan has been declared British boxer of the year.
The title was awarded at the annual awards ceremony held by the British Boxing Board of Control. The contenders for the title included Ricky Burns, Fury Tyson, George Groves and others. Khan was unable to make it to the event as he is currently in training ahead of his December 10 showdown with Lamont Peterson in Washington, but he thanked to his fans and trainers in a statement.
Khan holds the International Boxing Federation’s (IBF) light welterweight title, as well as the World Boxing Association (WBA) light welterweight belt. The 25-year-old boxer, born in Bolton has previously said that he feels proud over representing England and Pakistan.
“Along with England, I also represent Pakistan and it is a great achievement for me. People ask me and I say I am a British Pakistani and that’s a great feeling.”