At the WBC’s Convention in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Amir Khan went over to his hero Roberto Duran to pay his respects.
He says: “Roberto Duran is a fantastic and I’m in awe of him. The guy is a legend. History has proved there were only a very few who did and achieved what he did. It was something so very special and that is why he will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time. He earned the nickname Hands of Stone because he was KO’ing everyone;”
Amir himself had a significant career commenting: “I enjoyed boxing but l’m glad it’s now over. I had my career and I think now people appreciate you when you retire. I am missing it a bit. But I’m glad the things I did, including going up weight divisions. It was never easy, but Yes! I am now enjoying retirement.
Amir is joined by Billy Dib, who he fought towards the end of his career. Amir says: “We were the first guys to do a big fight in Saudi Arabia. Amir said: “Sometimes in life you have to have a punch up, but we’re always friends. We were groundbreakers.”
Billy said: “I remember walking into Freddie Roach’s Gym and Amir said don’t stay in a hotel. Come and stay with me. That’s how it all started.”