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Boxing: Khan's incredible progress continues

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posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 06:50 PM
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The fantasy continues for Britain's youngest Olympic competitor. On Friday night, after five fights in seven days, Amir Khan won the World under-19 lightweight title in Jeju, South Korea, and collected the award for best boxer of the tournament. It was all part of a crazy plan that the 17-year-old boxer has devised as preparation for his unlikely assault on Olympic gold in Athens.

Six months ago, only a select few had ever heard of Khan but, last December, when he turned 17, there was a rumour that the tall, skinny lad from Bolton would be given England's lightweight slot at the European Championships in Croatia in February. It looked like an impossible task for the unknown, inexperienced fighter but he travelled to Pula and controversially lost in the quarter-finals. The following month he went to Bulgaria for another Olympic qualification tournament and not only won the gold medal and secured a place in Athens, but also walked off with the best boxer in the tournament award.


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