Amir Khan (born 8 December 1986) is a British professional boxer. He is a former unified WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion, currently holding the
WBC Silver welterweight title, and has challenged once for a middleweight world title.
As an amateur, Khan won a silver medal in the lightweight division and became Britain’s youngest boxing medalist at the age of 17. He is also one of the
youngest ever British world champions, winning the WBA light-welterweight title at the age of 22. The International Business Times ranked him as the 8th
best pound for pound boxer in 2011, and he was ranked the 13th best pound for pound boxer by BoxRec in April 2016. As of May 2016, Khan is ranked by
The Ring magazine as the world’s second best welterweight.
Khan was born and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester to a Punjabi Rajput family with roots in Matore village of Kahuta Tehsil, located in Rawalpindi
district of the Punjab, Pakistan. He was educated at Smithills School in Bolton, and Bolton Community College. Khan is Muslim, and a member of the
Naqshbandi Sufi Order, along with being an active supporter of the Muslim Writers Awards.
Khan has two sisters and one brother, Haroon “Harry” Khan, an undefeated professional boxer.He is the first cousin of English cricketer Sajid Mahmood,
related through a paternal grandfather, Lal Khan Janjua, who moved to England after being discharged from the Pakistan Army.