Thursday, 13 May 2010

Amir Khan's brother may represent Pakistan

World champion Amir Khan's brother Haroon will fight for Pakistan at the Commonwealth Games after being overlooked by the English authorities. This comes in wake of rejection by English Boxing association, and is possible because Haroon holds both Pakistani and British citizenship.

"There's no future for him representing England as they've got their podium squad and development squad, and he's not even on that," said Shah Khan, Amir's and Haroon's father.

Speaking ahead of his elder son Amir's fight with Paulie Malignaggi in New York on Saturday, Khan said the Pakistan authorities had taken a look at his younger son and were happy to have him as part of their programme for October's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Haroon, 19, says he has been forced to abandon his dream of emulating his big brother by fighting for Britain at the 2012 Olympics because the England selectors refuse to consider him. The bantamweight, who was the 2009 junior ABA champion, has dual British-Pakistani nationality and is excited about representing his father's homeland at the Games in New Delhi in October.

"I really wanted to box for Britain at the Olympics ever since Amir won silver in Athens," said Haroon, who has won 61 of his 67 fights. "I looked at what he did and dreamt of going one better.

"But I've never had a look-in with the senior England squad, not even a letter. What used to happen was when I was a junior, they would call me up a week before an international and ask if I could box.

Haroon is contemplating not to represent Pakistan at London Olympics, and his desire is limited to only Commonwealth Games.


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