Amir Khan questions why he hasn't been honoured by Queen for boxing and charity work

Mirror Online Sports 3 weeks ago

Amir Khan is baffled he has not been honoured by the Queen.

The boxer won an Olympic silver medal in Athens in 2004 before turning professional to great fanfare the following year.

He then overcame a shock defeat by Breidis Prescott in 2008 to win two world titles at light-welterweight.

Khan has also established his own foundation and regularly carries out charity work both at home and abroad.

But while fellow fighters Anthony Joshua and James DeGale are among a plethora of sports stars who have been recognised, Khan has been left in the cold.

That is despite the support of Dame Kelly Holmes, Frank Bruno - who has an MBE - and Bolton Council who have all nominated the 32-year-old.

"I don't know if I'm one of the people they've forgotten about because people always expect me to have one; it shocks everyone that I don't," Khan told Mirror Fighting .

Amir Khan won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics

"I've won world titles for my country, won an Olympic medal for my country and represented it all over the world.

"I have the British flag on my waistband and I'm surprised when I see people get awards when they have done half of what I've done.

"I've built a boxing academy in the UK and I do a lot of charity work here, maybe they've just forgotten about me.

"I am half-Pakistani but I don't think it's got anything to do with colour, I've been treated nothing but fairly in this country.

"Maybe they feel that I haven't achieved enough to get one, but that's one for them to answer."

Khan won his first world title against Andreas Kotelnik
He won his second by beating Zab Judah

Khan has fought twice this year, losing to Terence Crawford before stopping Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.

He has no plans to hang up his gloves but remains focused on his foundation.

"I'm still doing my charity work, I do a lot in the UK like feeding the homeless and going to schools to speak to kids," he added.

"I don't make any money from it, it costs me money to do it and hopefully I’m going to do more, I want to give back to the people of England.

"I see people getting these awards and they've done a quarter of what I've done, not just in sport but in my charity work too.

"Obviously I do it from the heart but it's nice to be appreciated and it would be good not just for me but for my family.

Frank Bruno supports Khan's bid
As does Dame Kelly Holmes

"I've done very little of my own charity work in Pakistan but I've been honoured by the government and the country.

"People all around the world can see it but it's not recognised in England."

Khan admits he has struggled for recognition in the UK throughout his boxing career and believes that is reflected in his lack of an honour.

"I can't really cry about it, I have to just keep doing what I'm doing," he added. "I've done everything I dreamt of doing and everything other people dream of doing.

"If you ask a young kid what their ideal boxing career would be, they'd want to fight in New York, in Las Vegas and in the biggest arenas in the UK, and I've done it all.

"I've won fights and lost fights and it's been a great journey - but I want my journey to be remembered.

"It would be nice to be remembered by the country I represent."


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