Amir Khan claims ‘curries’ and an ‘appalling food plan’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making an influence in boxing – and ex-world champion thinks Asians use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing dream careers in sport
- Ex-world champion Amir Khan retired from boxing final week at the age of 35
- The Bolton hero lost his last skilled battle to Kell Brook again in February
- Yet Khan has sparked outrage along with his feedback about Asians making it in sport
- Khan mentioned Asian sportspeople use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing their goals of a career at the prime stage of sport
Retired former world champion Amir Khan has brought on controversy by saying an ‘appalling food plan’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making it in the higher echelons of boxing.
The Bolton hero introduced his retirement final week having lost to Kell Brook in his last battle in Manchester again in February.
From successful Olympic silver in Athens in 2004 to changing into a world champion at 24, Khan had a profitable skilled career however has sparked outrage by saying that Asians having ‘curries’ as their food plan is why there aren’t extra champions from an Asian background.
Amir Khan mentioned an ‘appalling food plan’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making it in boxing
Khan (R) introduced his retirement having lost to Kell Brook in Manchester again in February
The 35-year-old advised reporters: ‘Look, us Asians are not actually meant to be fighters. We’re not supposed to be good sportsmen and girls.
‘Our food plan is appalling. It’s curries. It’s not the proper food plan to be a champion. If you set us towards plenty of English fighters their food plan is loads higher. They’re stronger than us. But clearly I modified my way of life. Luckily, I began very younger.
‘But not many Asians develop into sportsmen and girls as a result of we do not have the food plan. We haven’t got the dedication. But if we see somebody doing it, like in the event that they’ve seen me do it, possibly that may encourage and encourage them.
‘If Amir Khan has achieved it, being Asian and residing on chapatis all his life and consuming curries, we will do it. But you continue to have to take it simple on these issues.’
Khan then went additional, by stating that Asian sportspeople use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing their goals of a career at the prime stage of sport.
Khan lost six fights throughout his career together with to pound-for-pound No 1 Canelo Alvarez
‘It’s an incredible platform for them to see what I’ve achieved and that it’s doable for them to do the identical and obtain what I’ve achieved,’ he mentioned.
‘People used to say: “We are Muslim, we are Asian, we can’t make it in boxing. We’re not going to be picked.”
‘It’s an excuse that every one Asians use – that we’re by no means going to be picked. Look at soccer, for instance. There aren’t any Asian footballers however guess what all of them say? “We won’t get picked because we’re Asian.”
‘I believe that is a f***ing load of b*******, actually. It’s a load of b*******. Asians, once we cannot to a sure extent, surrender. We haven’t got it in us.’