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

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - TOM HOP­KIN­SON @tomhop­kin­son

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

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