By Boxing Bob Newman
Former unified 140-lb champion Amir Khan held court this afternoon during the WBA’s 99th convention on Zoom!
The former champ answered questions from both the panel and fans who tuned in.
Khan reflected on two of his losses being the toughest to come back from. The first one was against Danny Garcia. Khan admitted going into that fight to cocky and thinking that Garcia couldn’t do anything to him.
“The fight against Lamont Peterson was also hard to take. When the judges said he had won the fight, there’s no way he won the fight. I put him down two times. One thing I respected was that the WBA, upon learning that he took testosterone, they reinstated me as champion. It made taking the loss a little less difficult.”
On his gold medal Olympic fight with Mario Kindelan:
“It wasn’t until recently that I found out that Kindelan had beaten not only me as an amateur but Miguel Cotto and several other guys that went on to become professional champions. With Cubans not able to turn pro in their own country, they stay amateur for so long it’s like being professional. Who knows what his career would have been like had he been allowed to turn pro?”
On fighting during the pandemic:
“For me, it would be really difficult to fight behind closed doors. I wanted to fight originally two times this year, but if I can fight once this year I’ll be happy with that. Let’s just hope everyone stays safe from the Coronavirus and when this clears up we’ll see what happens.”
During the pandemic, Khan has been doing charity work both with Pakistan and the United Kingdom. “It’s about giving back to your community. I want other boxers to see this. We make a lot of money and we need to show that we can give back to the community.”
On training during the pandemic:
“It’s been really difficult to train during the pandemic. The gyms are closed. But I’ve been sneaking off to my own gym and doing the best I can. But outside of that, I’m normally flying around going here and there. But now I’m spending time with my kids and family and it’s been great in that respect. And I’m playing an exercising with the kids in the garden doing sit-ups and press-ups. So for me, it’s been okay.”
On whether or not he has any regrets no in his career:
“I don’t have any regrets, no. Anything I’ve ever done to my career, I’ve taken the biggest risks. I’ve won fights and I’ve lost fights. I’ve won world titles and I’ve lost world titles. To me it’s all been great and I wouldn’t change anything. I thank God for putting me in this position and without God I wouldn’t be here. I’ve got prayers from people from all around the world. It’s boxing they got me here and that’s why I don’t regret anything.”
On the potential megaphone between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury:
“You got Anthony Joshua who’s an amazing puncher. He’s got a great style and he can hurt anyone. Then you’ve got Fury. Fury is a beast. See Fury has shown that he can take a great punch from Wilder. He’s shown that he can beat any unorthodox style and he’s shown that he can adapt to any style. It’s a 50/50 fight but I lean towards Fury in this fight. Because styles make fights I think Fury wins this- points decision.”
During the forum, Khan was joined by former rival Marcos Maidana. Both were very cordial towards each other and shared their memories of the epic fight that they had.
Khan: “The toughest part about fighting Maidana was his punching power. He hurt me with every blow he landed.
Maidana: For me, it was his speed and his ability to recover from my punches!
Khan closed with these thoughts:
“The WBA has always been family to me. Anything I can do to help them, I will. Thank you for having me and I’d love to join you next year in Russia at the 100th convention!”