AMIR KHAN’s wonderful wife sent him gear to prepare for the most important training camp of his career.
Bolton ace Khan, 35, finally faces Kell Brook on Saturday night in Manchester, the culmination of a 20-year rivalry.
The last meaningful match of the Athens 2004 silver medalist was the previous 2019 loss Welding World Champion Terence Crawford – who bullied him both in and out of the ring.
But Khan moved to the Colorado and Nebraska camps of his old enemies for weeks of grueling training and struggle after Faryal’s wife carefully selected his new team – now led by giant Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre – without telling him.
Khan revealed: “My wife was the one who called to arrange it all.
“I was in Dubai, I was on vacation, and she told me to go back to the UK to pack up for the training camp.
“I asked, ‘Why am I going to a training camp?’
“She told me I was going to train with Brian McIntyre and Terence Crawford. I didn’t want to at first because of what was said around our fight.
“But she told me to just trust her – and that would be good for me.
“Faryal said to try them – I said no at first because of all that said – but she called and before you knew it, I hung up.”
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Sadly for the mother of three Khan, she still won’t be directly cut off from his huge purse.
He laughed: “She doesn’t get paid for her help!
“When I first told her, I wanted Kell Brook fight, she asked me if I was sure – and said she would only let me do it if I practiced really hard and seriously.
“She would talk to BoMac and ask about my training and joining process. When she knew I was training hard, she came up with the idea.”
Khan is the only Team GB boxer to qualify for matches in Greece – and has helped change the face and funding of amateur boxing in the UK.
The proud British-Pakistani then became a household name, world champion, TV star and national treasure.
But he admits all of that could now be tainted if he’s primarily remembered for his defeat against a 35-year-old foe he’s always considered a swashbuckler.
Khan added: “You are always fighting from destroying your entire legacy.
“This could cost me everything that I have made in my entire career.
“People would say, ‘Oh, he got beaten up by Kell Brook,’ so I have to make things right.
“That’s why I ran up the hills, I worked so hard. I don’t want to lose to him. I don’t like the guy. ”
Khan and BrooksThursday’s press conference started off well but turned into an awkward match, as both men delivered rumors and hints about the other’s private lives.
Khan even suggested that Brook was racist for saying he had a “poppadom chin”.
But Brook insists it was just an insult about his KO losses – and not his family legacy.
But if Mrs Khan gets her way, it will still be the last time we see Mrs Khan in action.
“She wanted her husband back,” he explained. But I kept saying to her, ‘One more’.
“I want to see how I feel and how I look when I get through this match – because if I perform the way I think I will, then I want one or two more.
“There are a few losses that I want to avenge.
“Normally telling me both winners and losers will say, ‘You know what? I had a great time, I’m done ‘.
“Being away from family and kids is really hard. When I lower my head, I forget having children, I forget about having a wife, I am very focused.”
However, former champion cruiser Johnny Nelson hopes the pair will make sense and protect their legacy by calling it a day.
He said: “They will only become a springboard for young players who are about to pass.
“Common sense tells me that both winners and losers will say, ‘You know what? I had a great time, I’m done ‘.
“It’s going to be a tough tagline for the loser and they might say, ‘It’s not the end for me,’ depending on when the loser was.
“But I hope, unless they fight each other again, winners and losers say, ‘I had a great time. Brother, thank you’.
“As a former boxer myself, do I want to continue after being defeated by a big domestic opponent? No I will not.
“Why is my ambition? It tells you that I’m only there for the money. This is a huge sum of money for both fighters – but also pride.
“The loser will only become a springboard for young people.
“Both of these boxers take too much pride in that.”
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