Amir Khan Exclusive

Amir Khan Exclusive


Speaking to Gambling Zone, Khan said:  

  • Anthony Joshua has his second wind, he’s got his hunger back
  • I hope Mike Tyson doesn't end up hurting Jake Paul, Tyson is still dangerous
  • I’d love to train Wayne Rooney to beat Jamie Vardy
  • Conor McGregor could get hurt if he fights again because his ‘fire and focus’ has gone
  • My life flashed before my eyes when I was held a gunpoint
  • Floyd Mayweather ‘spat his dummy out’ and it cost me millions 
  • Kell Brook defeat the saddest moment of my career…I would have beaten him in my prime


Anthony Joshua has his second wind, he’s got his hunger back

When you've got everything you want, the hunger goes, the hunger disappears. I think this affected Anthony Joshua too. The hunger probably went because he's got the biggest commercial deals, he's got the biggest sponsors, he made so much money he doesn't need to fight again, he could call it a day tomorrow. When you're financially super strong, you think, 'do I need to fight?' That's what happened to me in my last fight against Kell Brook, I didn't have that hunger in the belly, it felt like walking into a sparring session. I could see the same as AJ. 

But now it looks like his hunger's comeback again, he wants to prove a point now, you do get that second wind.  I think he's got his second wind where he wants to be on top again. He see's how much money and success is out there, having his name lit up and people talking about him again as the champ in the heavyweight division. I think he wants that back, I felt that hunger in him.

I hope Mike Tyson doesn't end up hurting Jake Paul, Tyson is still dangerous

The fight between Mike Tyson and Jake Paul, wow, no one would have ever expected a fight like that fight to be made. Mike Tyson is a legend of the game and not someone who you want to mess about with, even though he's older now and has been retired for a long time, he's obviously done a few exhibitions. I just feel that he can really hurt Jake Paul. I just can't believe what Jake Paul's thinking. He's fighting a heavyweight great and I think he can get hurt badly. Is it just hype with Mike and Jake posting it at the same? This is unreal and I hope that Mike doesn't end up hurting him because at the end of the day, I like Jake, but Mike is not a person you want to mess with or do an exhibition with, especially when you're a lot smaller and lighter. I don't know how this is going to go. Is it really going to happen? It amazes me and I'm shocked. I've got Mike Tyson winning by knockout. Even though he's in his fifties, he's still a dangerous guy not to be messed with.

I’d love to train Wayne Rooney to beat Jamie Vardy

I'd love to train and help Wayne Rooney, sportsmen have a lot of respect for one another, because they've been there and done it, so they'd listen to you more than a normal trainer. When you train with another athlete it's going to push you and you're going to train hard.

He's going to have to fight a big name. He'd have to train very hard for someone like a KSI because he could get hurt in that fight if he doesn't train hard, so that would be motivation for him, but you do need those butterflies in your belly, you need to believe you could get hurt to make you train properly. Tommy Fury is a big fight, but Tommy is too experienced, I think he'd hurt Rooney. You don't want to put him in the ring with someone that could hurt him, or outbox and make him look stupid, it should just be someone for a bit of fun as some like Wayne Rooney could get really hurt. He's not really a boxer, so if he got in the deep end too quickly, it could knock his confidence and he could get hurt. 

Jamie Vardy is the right fight for Wayne Rooney, that'sa very good even fight. They've got the spat their wives have had, what a fight that would make, it would sell well. They're both around the same level as well. They're both novices. I'd back Wayne though because Wayne's more streetwise, he's more solid. 

Conor McGregor could get hurt if he fights again because his ‘fire and focus’ has gone

Fighters that make big money like Conor McGregor and myself, we start thinking towards the end of our careers ‘we don't need this anymore’ and we start to question whether we still want to be in those hard training camps, do we still want to be punched? McGregor has got everything in the palm of his hands; the yacht, the house, his wife. He's financially strong like myself, so you think, ‘do I need this’?. Shall I stay in bed and chill or get punched in the head? I was a totally different fighter in my twenties than in my thirties because I was happy and financially strong in my thirties, I made enough money and the hunger died. 

100 percent McGregor's hunger has died, you can see it. He might do a training session but then he's more chilling, galavanting and enjoying himself than he is killing himself in the gym. That focus and fire in his eyes is gone. But he'sprobably in the same boat as me, people only see him as a fighter and he wants to fight for the people and put on a good show. But that's when you get hurt or have a bad performance, that's when you realise this isn't for me anymore. 

My life flashed before my eyes when I was held a gunpoint

It makes you realise you need to spend more time with your family and it humbles you as well. Having a gun put to your face in front of your wife, your whole life runs before your eyes, you think 'that could have ended there'. It makes you think it's better to live life undercover and quiet. I don't tweet that much anymore, I don't really Instagram anymore, I'm not on social media as much as I was because you're a target. I still buy nice things but I think twice about showing them. It's affected me big time. We came out safe, but that's the reason I don't go to the UK as much anymore and spend more time in the middle east because there's rules and regulations here. Every week I see someone's been shot or stabbed in the UK, someone's been beaten up and had their phone stolen, someone's house has been robbed. The traumas are not good for you. 

Floyd Mayweather ‘spat his dummy out’ and it cost me millions 

One of the biggest regrets of my life was with Floyd Mayweather, I was in the prime of my career and we did the deal to fight, we had a contract.  I decided to announce it first and then Floyd spat his dummy out, he said 'why have you announced it first?' He thought he was the big star and it was up to him to announce it. I made that mistake, I posted 'guys, I'm fighting Floyd Mayweather next' and he got very bitter that I jumped the gun and it was off. I was young, 24 or 25, and I got excited about fighting a legend in the sport. But it is what it is. 

Kell Brook defeat the saddest moment of my career…I would have beaten him in my prime

The saddest time in boxing for me was probably my last fight against Kell Brook, to see myself leave the sport that way. You always want to finish on a high note, and obviously I didn't finish on a high note. Obviously for me that was the saddest moment. But maybe that's God's plan that I will now start to finish on a high note against Mayweather or Pacquiao now Saudi are opening doors. But the Brook fight was the saddest moment. It hurt a lot because of the rivalry and I was a better fighter than him and I achieved a lot more than him in the sport. But saying that, it would have hurt a lot more if I had lost to him at my peak. 

I have it in the back of my mind that I could have beaten him in prime, everyone knows that. But we're friends now, he was the better man on the night. 


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