Boxing star Amir Khan is aiming for knockout night in South Shields

SHIELDS DATE ... boxing champ Amir Khan.
SHIELDS DATE ... boxing champ Amir Khan.

A WORLD champion boxer known for his lightning-quick hands is hoping to deliver a knock-out event in South Tyneside.

Amir Khan was catapulted into the sporting spotlight when he won silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Since then, he has become one of Britain’s highest profile boxers.

Now, the Bolton-born sportsman is heading to Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields, on Thursday, August 7, to meet with fans and chat about his life and career.

It is not the first time the boxer has had links to South Tyneside after he gave his backing to young boxers in 2009, who were raising awareness of the dangers of knives in memory of teenager Glen Corner, stabbed to death on his 16th birthday in 2006.

Amir’s visit is one of a number of sportsman who’ve attended 
dinners hosted by the venue in recent months.

Others featured former footballers Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Sunderland’s Peter Reid and Micky Gray and boxing legend Larry Holmes.

Manager of the venue Gavin Yannetta said: “South Tyneside has a lot of boxing fans, as well as a lot of up and coming boxers, so to be able to bring some of the sports biggest stars to the area for them to meet is fantastic.

“The nights are always well received, with the chance for people to ask questions of the stars on the night.”

Tickets for the event, sponsored by Richmond Taxis, are priced £50, including a two-course meal or 
£60 for a two-course meal and a photo.

A limited number of tickets are available now by contacting the Hedworth Hall on 456 3112.

n Hedworth Hall has offered Gazette readers the chance to win a pair of tickets for the night.

For the chance to win, tell us what year did Amir Khan win a silver medal in the Olympic Games.

Send your entries to Khan competition, c/o Gavin Yannetta, Hedworth Hall, Dean Road, South Shields, NE33 4EA.

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