Catapulted into the limelight from the 2004 Silver medal Olympic podium Amir Khan has become Britain's highest-profile boxer racking up an impressive professional fight record; having become the World Light Welterweight Champion in July 2009 after his life changing fight against Andreas Kotelnik.
Over the past four years Amir has ridden high at the top of his game to a rapturous reception in Britain, State-side and beyond. Sensationally losing for the first time in his professional career to Columbian bruiser Breidis Prescott in September 2008 - the tempest of conjecture and condemnation fuelled media frenzy was followed in quick succession by a grueling and inspirational new training regime with Coach Freddie Roach in L.A.
The boy from Bolton came back to the ring with brutal vengeance as he sent Oisin Fagan flailing to the floor in December 2008. Khan did not just convincingly put the boy down for a compelling victory - he exuded a fresh, calm, persona; a measured aggressor spearing his prey with a jab as he circled, finding his target and then unleashing a flurry of blows, taking him apart and sending him to the floor twice inside the first round… 97 seconds into the second it was all over.
Living to box has been a self proclaimed obsession for Amir Khan; one that has turned him from a talented streetwise boy, into a self assured man and not forgetting to mention, World Champion.
If you were to ask anyone about Amir Khan's talent, they would undoubtedly say he was born to be a boxer. His calm exterior unnerving to his opponents; his craving to win making him faster and stronger than others; these are but a few reasons why he has become not only a winner, but an icon.
Khan vs. Kotelnik.
There was a distinct buzz on the night of the match. Everyone who attended the fight or watched it on television could tell that this fight would be a defining moment for Khan. 12 rounds later and that moment arrived, propelling the Bolton Boxer to staggering new heights in his career.
Those who know and train with Khan have expressed their delight at the victory. Freddie Roach exclaimed "I love bringing the best out of people and he's more of a complete fighter now. He feints better and goes to the body, like an old school fighter. People were saying Amir was done after getting knocked out by Prescott, but in three fights he is world champion.'
On May 15, 2010, Khan made his New York City debut when he successfully defended his title via 11th round TKO over former world champion Paulie Malignaggi.
But there are more highly-anticipated showdowns to come for “King” Khan, and one such matchup occurred on December 11, 2010, when he defended his title against interim belt holder Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. For 12 rounds, the 140 pound standouts went to war, and when it was over, Khan not only earned a unanimous decision victory, but the bout was voted 2010 Fight of The Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
On April 16, 2011, Khan returned home and successfully defended his title with a sixth round technical decision win over unbeaten challenger Paul McCloskey, and on July 23rd, he added another belt to his collection when he knocked out Zab Judah in five rounds to win the IBF junior welterweight title.
In May 2012, Khan will face Lamont Peterson in a rematch to settle the score for the controversial loss he suffered against Peterson in their December 2011 fight.