DADDY OF ALL FIGHTS FOR KHAN
It’s Father’s Day, and Amir admits: This is the last chapter in my career... and I want my daughters to see me as a champion
AMIR KHAN will be inspired by girl power when he faces Neeraj Goyat in Saudi Arabia next month.
The 32-year-old will take a break from training today to spend a few precious hours of Father’s Day with his daughters Lamaisah, five, and Alayna, one.
He said: “Every punch I throw now is for my girls.
“Everything I do is for them and my wife to have a good life.
“I’ve worked hard all my life and I can see this is the last chapter, so I want to make the most of it.
“My kids are now starting to understand what I do.
“We’ll be on holiday and Lamaisah will run over to people and say, ‘My daddy is a boxing champion’.
“It’s crazy, a four-year-old saying that.
“On the plane, she’ll tell everyone, so my wife gets quite embarrassed – she’s like, ‘Stop it, stop it’.
“But she’s at that age now where she’s picking up things.
“Fatherhood is amazing. I want them to not have a spoiled life but have a good life where I can spend time with them and enjoy life.”
There was little to enjoy about Khan’s last outing when he failed to dethrone WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in April, suffering the fifth defeat of his career.
So he knows as well as anyone what just how gruelling a sport the fight game can be. That’s why he’d rather neither daughter follow the likes of Katie Taylor or Nicola Adams into women’s boxing.
He added: “My little girl loves fighting and boxing, she’s always having a little wrestle with me. It’s up to them, if they like it, why not?
“But I wouldn’t want to see them in the ring because I know what you have to go through and how hard you have to push yourself in training camp, how you have to be away from your family and friends.
“You lose a lot of your youth as well.”
The sacrifices have been worth it, financially at least, for Khan, with the Bolton banger’s net worth reported to be around £23million.
He is set to swell those coffers by another £7m with his clash against Goyat, which will take place in Jeddah but is being used as a vehicle to promote better harmony between Pakistan and India, where Goyat hails from. Khan, a British-Pakistani, has done a tremendous amount of charitable work in the land of his forefathers.
He said: “I got into the charity work when I had kids because I couldn’t bear to see other kids suffer.
“I put myself in their parents’ shoes, thinking, ‘Wow, if I was them, how would I look after my kids?’
“So I go out of my way and help as much as I can, building orphanages, hospitals, schools, even clean water plants, getting solar panels for electricity, little things like that.
“I try my utmost to do as much as I can for less fortunate people while I have the name and while I have people who will donate and who can trust me.”
HAPPY FAMILIES: Amir Khan with wife Faryal and daughters Lamaisah and Alayna