Son of Pakistan-born scrap merchant is Britain’s youngest Olympian in Athens
Amir Khan is Britain’s youngest Olympian in Athens. He will also be the loneliest being the only boxer from his country to qualify for the Games.
The 17-year-old lightweight faces a huge battle if he is to achieve his dream of bettering his hero Muhammad Ali’s feat, who won Olympic gold at the age of 18.
That’s because the undisputed king of the 60kg division is Cuba’s Mario Kindelan, world champion and the gold medallist from Sydney in 2000. But the boy from Bolton, whose cousin Sajid Mahmood made his international cricket debut for England this summer, is not fazed.
‘I know about Mario Kindelan but I think he’s beatable,’ said Khan who will become Britain’s youngest Olympic boxer since Colin Jones in 1976…