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Amir Khan

Former two time world light welterweight boxing champion, Amir Khan, took time out today to bring his team from the Amir Khan Foundation to learn about the needs and challenges of clients from St George’s Crypt, the well-known charity in Leeds producing solutions for homeless and disadvantaged people from the city and beyond in West Yorkshire.

images9A4YHMK6The Amir Khan Foundation – launched in August last year – has been set up to support deprived and disadvantaged children and young people both internationally and nationally. Amir and his team asked Leeds City Council to put them in touch with a charity which is working extensively with young people who have found themselves in complex and challenging situations through adverse life chances, and the Council approached the Crypt who were delighted to welcome the Foundation today.

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Amir Khan with Riz Malik

Martin Patterson – a Director of the Crypt – said, “We are delighted that Amir Khan and the team from the Foundation have been able to visit the Crypt today. We concentrate on providing effective training and engagement opportunities in order to help our clients to move in life from an increasingly complex range of challenges brought on by issues as homelessness, addiction, mental and physical health problems, poor education and family breakdown. Amir’s visit is a real inspiration for our clients and they were delighted to meet him today”.

Councillor Bill Urry, Lead member for homelessness at Leeds City Council, said “Working in partnership to support people through their toughest times is key to helping end the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Providing a hot meal or a listening ear is just the start. Organisations like St George’s Crypt and the Amir Khan Foundation work with people over time to rebuild stable lives. Leeds City Council works with its outreach partners so that homeless people do not have to spend a second night on the street, and so that they get the support they need”.

image1Riz Malik, on behalf of the Amir Khan Foundation, said “ We in the Foundation are looking for opportunities to make a real difference to people who have suffered disadvantage and poverty in their lives. St George’s Crypt – through its work with homeless people since 1930 – is an excellent example of a charity producing innovative solutions for its clients, and we hope to be able to establish a long term relationship with the Crypt in helping them to continue producing effective solutions”.

During their visit, Amir and his team served curry and rice to over 80 visitors to the Crypt and also met and chatted to the clients to learn more about the charity’s work and how it impacts on those who access the Crypt’s services.

Speaking exclusively to Urban Echo, when asked about his boxing plans and who he wants to fight next, Khan states, “For me, there is only one fight out there and that is with Floyd Mayweather. I think he is running scared because I feel that I have too much speed for him.”

If the Mayweather fight fails to materialise, who does he fight instead? “I’ve spoken to Manny [Pacquiao] and put the fight in front of him if Mayweather refuses to fight both of us. The fans would love to see me and Manny fight and hopefully we can deliver a great fight for the fans to enjoy,” he concludes.

Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather extended his unbeaten record to 47-0 with an emphatic victory over old foe Marcos Maidana with a dominating performance. The current boxing star silenced his critics with an adroit display of boxing skills that left his opponent often frustrated throughout the eagerly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas on 14 September.

Though the 37-year old champion won the unanimous decision, he was far from his best and at the start of the fight looked as though he may be in for a rough ride against his rugged Argentinian opponent. Maidana, who also lost a classic affair against Bolton’s Amir Khan in 2010, slips to a 35-5 record but has in the process received two of his biggest paydays against Mayweather.

Starting off brightly often cornering the champion in the early rounds, Maidana constantly pounded Mayweather’s body and in round eight, the champion’s frustration came to surface as he claimed to have been bitten on the glove by the Argentinian.

As the alarm bells started ringing, Mayweather used all his guile and experience to take control of the later rounds and eventually got the nod from all three judges. The judges scored the 12-round bout 115-112, 116-111 and 116-111. Adding to the immense fortune he has already managed to amass over his illustrious career, the champion picked up a cool $32 million for his latest efforts and leaves the world guessing over his next opponent.

Next Opponent?

Possibilities include Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, Kell Brook and of course Filipino great Manny Pacquiao. The question is, how far and long will Mayweather dare to go? The big 50 will definitely be on his mind that would take him past the legendary Brockton Blockbuster, Rocky Marciano’s record of 49-0. But the reality is that time is running out for Mayweather. Against Maidana he looked sluggish and flat-footed at times and his speed has diminished quite considerably. Mayweather’s greatest threat is Amir Khan.

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As much as the world want to see the super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, Khan is the only realistic possibility of dethroning the champion. As long as he keeps focused and sticks to the game plan that his trainer Virgil Hunter will meticulously inculcate, Mayweather will find it very difficult to handle the speed, footwork and power of the much younger Bolton fighter.

But the question is, what will be Mayweather’s next move? Khan and Garcia are both too dangerous for him and Pacquiao has lost his mojo after back to back defeats. In saying that, the money involved would be hard to resist for both Pacquiao and Mayweather and the champions latest statements indicate that Pacquiao may finally get his chance. Whoever Mayweather fights next, it will be one hot ticket!

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