Boxing: Amir Khan Unveils New WBC Middle East Title

Published 12/11/2020, 7:22 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 03: Amir Khan celebrates his unanimous-decision victory over Luis Collazo after their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former welterweight world champion Amir Khan is now the WBC Middle East President, and he appears super active in his new role.

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WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman appointed Khan for the role last month to engage more talent from the region. Being a pugilist himself, Khan is a great ambassador of boxing inside and outside the ring. He is reinforcing the same in his new role. Meanwhile, he unveiled the newly minted WBC Middle East Title and sent boxing fans into a frenzy.

‘King Khan’ took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself alongside the title. Not only that, but he also announced a title fight between two unnamed contenders on December 19.

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Amir Khan wrote on Twitter, “As WBC Boxing Middle East President, I present you all with the WBC Middle East title. Than You ‘Mauricio Sulaiman’. The first WBC Middle East title fight will happen on December 19, live on PTV Sports.”

While several fans complain about boxing’s absence in certain parts of the world, the WBC is trying to expand its wings. There is no denying, the special middle east body will help to popularize the sport in the region and will also extract young talent.

Under the leadership of Amir Khan, it is safe to believe that the Middle East region is in safe hands. However, December 19 might not be a suitable date to settle up its maiden title fight.

Amir Khan opts for Canelo’s return date for the first WBC Middle East title fight

Following a long-lay off and a heavy contractual turmoil, Canelo Alvarez will return to defend his title against Callum Smith on the same date.

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He will clearly grab most of the attention and may overshadow the Middle East title fight. However, Khan is ready to take the risk and has finalized the date.

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Irrespective of Canelo’s return, December is packed with some high voltage thrillers with Anthony Joshua‘s return this week and Canelo’s the week later. Amir Khan may just have provided boxing fans with another treat to close out the year. He will look to give a steady competition to Alvarez in the PPV shares.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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