You never know the next boxer, footballer or cricketer coming from Pakistan might be a super star if the facilities are improved.

Overwhelmed by the response he has received in Pakistan as guest for the Benazir Bhutto International Championship, boxing superstar Amir Khan vows to bring a big fight to his ancestral country.

Q What kind of a reaction do you get when you’re in Pakistan? A. It has been great for me here, it’s been great to meet so many people who are fans. I’m surprised at how big we are here, how big boxing is here – everyone in Pakistan loves boxing. Everywhere I go; people know who Amir Khan is. I was in Lahore and before that I was in Islamabad and everywhere people want to take pictures and it’s been a great experience being here.

Birthplace: Bolton, England Total fights: 28 Wins: 26 Losses: 2 Olympics: Silver at the 2004 Athens Games
Q How is it different from how you are treated in Britain or elsewhere? A. Well, before this year, not many people over there (US) knew me. But it’s different over there now and it’s exactly the same in Pakistan, everyone seems to know who I am and I’m recognized everywhere I go here and it feels good.

Q How do you feel about your brother Haroon Khan representing Pakistan while you represent Britain? A. I think it’s great. He also won a medal at the Commonwealth Games for Pakistan and I was boxing for England and won a medal in the Olympic Games. I think it’s great he’s representing Pakistan and I’m going to be supporting him all the way.

Q You have said before that you will try and bring international sport back to Pakistan. How did you get that message across? A. The way we can bring sports back to Pakistan is by giving Pakistan’s positive side more exposure to the rest of the world and making sure that people experience that side. I’ve been trying to show everyone around the world that Pakistan is a safe country. I think it’s all about that and I want to try and play a greater role in promoting this image of Pakistan. They can see that I am here and I walk the streets and it’s fine…people in Pakistan love sports and it will be great if they get to see more international sports in their country.

Q What do you think can be done to promote boxing in Pakistan? A. I think one way to promote boxing in a big way is to show it more often on national television and have more boxing events – local and international ones. Not just boxing but sport gymnasiums should be built for the public so that not only boxing but other sports like football and cricket also have a chance of developing further in Pakistan. You never know the next boxer, footballer or cricketer coming from Pakistan might be a super star if the facilities are improved.

Q You are a role model for many Pakistani boxers. What do you have to say about that? A. I think it’s nice to be considered a role model for boxers and other people. To the boxers, I would just tell them to keep working, keep training hard and it will pay off.

Q How would you describe the past year for yourself with regards to your boxing career? A. There were ups and downs in the past year, we won one fight and lost the other one but overall it was a good year

Q What do you have planned for 2012? A. Hopefully, it will be a bigger and better year than 2011. I will most probably have my rematch with Lamont Peterson in May sometime and hopefully have some other big fights as well. Hopefully a big fight can also take place in Pakistan.

The writer is a Sports Producer at Dawn.com

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Ms. Mahm Maqdoome
Jan 04, 2012 02:13pm
This Charming man is my Alpha Bravo Charlie :D Is he?
salman
Jan 04, 2012 02:26pm
amir bro v Pakistani are with you.and on the behalf of all Pakistani nation I personally admire your efforts you are doing for gearing up the boxing here.
Ehtisham, Wah
Jan 04, 2012 10:38pm
Your are a committed person, our good wishes are with you. We Pakistanis can be heroes in any field and Inshah Allah will be.
A Fan
Jan 05, 2012 05:13am
"Keep up the good work"...
Mohsin
Jan 05, 2012 09:43am
Aamir you rock..best of luck for the future...
Pakistani
Jan 05, 2012 01:08pm
keep it up my brother, n thats right ups and downs r a part of life so dont b afarid v Pakistanis always with u n will pray for you n ur family May ALLAH PAK bless u always tcrz
Farhan Raheem
Jan 05, 2012 01:54pm
I wish you a very all the best for the Year 2012 and onwards... start with victory in your rematached and upgrade your level to heavy weight and i agree Big matches can take in Pakistan .. pakistan ppl like boxing and football also beside hoceky and cricket....! infact we are people who beleive in healty and fair competetion.....!
ahmad
Jan 05, 2012 08:20pm
I hope amir reads this: There are few things about pakistani boxing. Pakistani boxers don't have equipment. Other then quetta/karachi most cities boxers don't punching bags. period!! They punch on pads or in the "air" (too much shadow boxing) At division level boxers come in competitions, who have never punch on a punching bag!! Irony is best punching bag are made in pakistan and sold to all the world. If you really want to do some thing for pak boxing, and want to see some mexican/irsh style boxing action in Pakistan, Please raise money to get those poor athletes punching bags and related equipment. 1-Punching bag of different sizes. 2-speed ball. 3-some thing for chinups & dips littl weight. 4-Training videos(even you tube) I would donate 100$ if you start raising fund for pakistan boxing. PS: I pray you have along grace full ahead of you.
NISAR MUHAMMAD KHAN
Jan 06, 2012 12:55am
well aamir keep it up.im proud of u.
Usman
Jan 06, 2012 02:40am
Pakistan has a great talent in every field. Only need to utilize it in a better way by providing facilities...
SAQIB AHMED
Jan 08, 2012 09:50am
Very good, very good and up to date advise, i like that, for modern boxing and to compete with the boxers in world ur advise is 100% right.