Boxer Amir Khan, who has punched his way to an estimated $30 million fortune, says one of the best “money decisions” of his career was shaped in Dubai where he hopes to climb into the ring before hanging up his gloves.
Khan, who admits to making some bad decisions earlier in his career, has since been wise enough to protect his earnings against the financial traps that have broken many other boxing stars, including former world champion Mike Tyson.
“There are a lot of people out there who will promise you the world, but if it sounds too good to be true, it is,” says the 32-year-old British fighter who takes on America’s undefeated WBO welterweight world champion Terence Crawford on April 20 at New York City’s Madison Square Gardens.
“I’ve made mistakes and learnt from them. My advice to anyone with money that other people want to get their hands on is – do your research, ask as many questions as you can, trust your gut instinct and try not to surround yourself with ‘yes’ men.”
Khan followed his own advice and turned to Berkeley Assets, the private equity firm with offices in Dubai and London, to help build more financial security for himself and his family.
The company brought him out to the emirate a few weeks ago to unveil him as their brand ambassador and discuss new business opportunities.
Looking after his interests in Dubai is Omar Jackson, Partner of Berkeley Assets, a keen boxing enthusiast himself who trains in a local gym and will be ringside for Khan’s much anticipated bout with Crawford.
The partnership began last summer when Berkeley Asset’s blockchain technology company, Cryptech World, sponsored Khan’s fight against Colombian Samuel Vargas, which he won on a unanimous points decision in Birmingham.
Khan, who has been a regular visitor to Dubai with wife Faryal in recent years, says he can count on one hand the number of fights he has left before retiring from the sport, and wants one of them to take place in the Emirates.
“There’s been quite a lot of talk about it happening, and I’d love to have a fight in Dubai, where I’ve got a lot of fans and has become my second home,” he said.
“Quite a lot of things have to come together to make it happen, but one thing I’ve learnt in my career is that boxing can produce surprises, so don’t rule it out.
“For the time being, my focus is the Terence Crawford fight. I couldn’t say no to it. I needed a fight to motivate me to train hard, and this is a massive fight. If I win, people will remember me as a great champion.”
Manny Pacquiao showed on Saturday night he’s still got plenty of fight for a fighter on the wrong side of 40.
After Pacquiao dominated Adrien Broner, defending his welterweight title in Las Vegas, the Filipino challenged Floyd Mayweather to a rematch.
With Mayweather watching from ringside, Pacquiao showed flashes of his old speed in winning a unanimous 12-round decision over Broner to easily defend his piece of the welterweight title. It was the 61st win of a remarkable career in which Pacquiao has won titles in eight weight classes.
Two judges favoured Pacquiao by a 116-112 score, while the third had it 117-111. Pacquiao, whose pro career stretches back 24 years, showed he still has the speed that carried him over his career.
Pacquiao is now hoping to avenge his 2015 loss to Mayweather.
“Tell him to come back to the ring and we will fight,” Pacquiao said. “I am willing to fight again Floyd Mayweather. If he is willing to come back in boxing.”
Manny Pacquiao celebrated the 61st win of his career with a unanimous points victory over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas.
The Filipino politician, 40, was in imperious form and roundly saw off the challenge for his WBA welterweight title from the 29-year-old American.
The fight was scored 117-111, 116-112, 116-112 in Pacquiao’s favour after 12 rounds at the MGM Grand where 13,025 people had turned out for the spectacle.
His 70th professional fight got under way in Vegas late on Saturday after a visit backstage from Floyd Mayweather.
Pacquiao busily got to work on Broner, although the American did manage to land a blow on his rival’s jaw in the second round.
The Filipino’s speed was a key factor; Pacquiao fired off three jabs for every two his opponent managed, while the elder boxer’s bigger shots were more accurate in their delivery.
Combined with his remarkable stamina, the title-holder showed all at the MGM he is still a serious contender despite his years.
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