Amir King Khan crowned Britain’s best for 2011, vows to have greater 2012

21 Nov

Ibrahim Harb – Birmingham

Britain’s premier prizefighter Amir Khan is the latest recipient of the British Boxer of the Year award due to his 2011 victories over slippery southpaw Paul McCloskey (technical decision) and high-profile American Zab Judah (fifth round stoppage). Khan scooped the honour on Sunday, fending off competition from heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury, lightweight star Ricky Burns and undefeated super middleweight George Groves.

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The familiar sight of Khan in mid-celebration. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“I’m very proud to have won the British Boxer of the Year Award,” a delighted Khan (26-1-0, 18ko) beamed. “It means a lot to me to be recognised with this award and gives me the motivation to strive for even more success in my career.

“I would like to thank my team and fans for helping me pick up this award, without their help I would not be able to reach the levels I have over the last year. Freddie Roach, my trainer, has been a key figure in helping me become a unified world champion and I’m sure that the next 12 months will get even better for me,” he added.

“Thank you to the British Boxing Board of Control for this and I hope to continue to make British boxing proud.”

Ambitious Khan has made no secret of his desire to leave a super lightweight division he has been unbeaten in, where he has won six world championship fights and scalped big-name fighters such as Andriy Kotelnik, Paul Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana whilst adding the IBF world title and the WBA belt to his honours roll. In 2012, he is expected to journey into the welterweight ranks where he ultimately wishes to fight undefeated talent Floyd Mayweather Jr.

His most imminent outing, however, is against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson in Washington on December 10.

“Training is going great and I feel ready to do the business on December 10th. Lamont Peterson is a tough opponent and is a fighter with a very big heart, which showed in his comeback against Victor Ortiz. But I’m confident… the hard work is nearly done and I’m ready to put on another show come fight night – it will definitely not be one to miss,” concluded Khan.

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