Amir Khan Hopes to See India-Pakistan Rivalry in Boxing Ring Through MMA

Updated: 02 July 2016 20:27 IST

Amir Khan, British boxer, is hoping to take the India-Pakistan rivalry inside a boxing ring through Mixed Martial Arts

Amir Khan Hopes to See India-Pakistan Rivalry in Boxing Ring Through MMA
Amir Khan became the youngest British world champion at the age of 22. © AFP

British boxer of Pakistan origin Amir Khan wants to take the legendary India-Pakistan rivalry inside a boxing ring through Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

"I am waiting for the day two nations, India and Pakistan compete in a cage. That will be a fair fight which people wants to see and it will entertain them," said Amir through a video conference at an event to promote MMA.

Amir, who became youngest British world champion at the age of 22, is chairman of the Super Fight League (SFL), a league which promotes MMA in India.

Amir made headlines last month when he expressed wish to represent Pakistan, where he has his roots, in the Rio Olympics. He though stated later that he would not betray his British upbringing.

Following the lines of many professional boxers who turned to MMA, Amir also expressed his desire to compete in MMA within a year or so.

Amir who will be coming to India for Vijender Singh's Pro bout, to be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium here on July 16, expressed his support for the Indian Olympic medalist.

"My support is always there for Vijender and I will be always there for him. Vijender has made a name for him and I want to bring MMA to India to create more fighters like Vijender," said Amir through a video conference in an event here.

India To Host World's First Mma 'Super Fight League'

India will be hosting the world's first Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) 'Super Fight League' from August 26 To October 1.

The franchise-based League will feature eight teams - Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai, Haryana, Bangalore, Punjab, Pune and Goa.

The League will be a platform for Indian MMA players like Anup Kumar, CJ Singh, Amit Roy, Dhruv Chaudhary to showcase their skills. Each team will constitute nine Indian fighters and three international ones.

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Topics : Boxing Vijender Singh
Highlights
  • Amir Khan has expressed his wish to represent Pakistan in Rio Olympics
  • Amir will be present for Vijender Singh's maiden pro-bout in India
  • Amir has expressed his desire to participate in MMA next year
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