TWO-time former world champion boxer Amir Khan delivered a knock-out night of sporting talk to fans when he visited South Tyneside.
The Bolton-born fighter was at the Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields, to host a sporting talk-in.
Khan, who shot into the media and sporting spotlight when he took silver in the Olympic Games in 2004, posed happily for pictures with fans.
He then went on to take questions from a thrilled audience of about 200 people who had turned out to see him.
The 27-year-old, who recently became a dad, spoke of his love for his family who supported him from an early age, the harsh reality of his gruelling training sessions helping to keep him at the top of his game, his charity work and the launch of the Amir Khan Foundation, which aims to support disadvantaged young people worldwide.
He also told fans of his admiration for fighters Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, with him describing a potential fight between himself and Mayweather as a “game of chances”. He also recalled the time he met his hero Muhammad Ali and was recognised by Mike Tyson.
When asked from a fan about his trainers good and bad over the years, Khan replied he had been “blessed” with the best trainers.
He added: “In my career I have never blamed my trainers if things go wrong – I always blame myself. I am my biggest critic. You do need good trainers who are going to push you.”
Khan, who has won world titles, boxed in the UK and America and won fight of the year, says since the birth of his daughter it has given him a new motivation when it comes to his boxing and he will keep at it for as long as he can. Over the years, Khan has been the WBA ‘Super’ World Light Welterweight champion, IBF Light Welterweight World champion, WBA World Light Welterweight champion, WBA International Lightweight champion, WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight champion, Commonwealth Lightweight champion and was Olympic silver medallist.
Praising those who turned out to see him, he said: “This is the first time I have been to South Shields and there seems to be so much love in this community.
“You just get a feeling of warmth and everyone is so friendly. Nights like these are great as it gives me a chance to meet and interact with my fans and it’s nice for them to see me away from the boxing ring.
“The fans have been wicked and the food was great. Overall it has been a great event. I would love to come back here and do something like this again.”
For more information on Khan or the Amir Khan Foundation, visit http://amirkhanworld.com/