Amir Khan claims poor diet and ‘curry’ are to blame for holding back Asian boxers


Amir Khan has claimed that “curry” and a poor diet are responsible for holding back Asian boxers.

The Olympic silver medalist and former welterweight champion made the comments about Asians in boxing after retiring last week. He has also claimed that Asian athletes use their past as an “excuse” for not reaching the highest level in their respective sports.

Khan, who has family roots in Pakistan, announced his retirement from professional boxing last week at the age of 35. His last fight was in February when he lost his long-awaited sixth-round TKO bout to his rival Kell Brook.

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He told reporters: “Look, we Asians are not really meant to be wrestlers. We’re not supposed to be good athletes.

“Our diet is appalling. It’s curry. It’s not the right diet to be a champion. If you put us up against a lot of English wrestlers, their nutrition is much better. You are stronger than us. But obviously I have changed my way of life. Luckily I started very young.

“But not many Asians become athletes because we lack nutrition. We don’t have the dedication. But if we see someone doing it like they saw me doing it, maybe that can inspire and motivate them.

“If Amir Khan managed to be Asian and live his whole life eating chapatis and curry, then we can do it. But you still have to take it easy.”

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Amir Khan is a former unified welterweight champion (Image: PA)

During his career, Khan won an Olympic silver medal at the 2004 Athens games before turning professional and becoming world champion at just 22 years old.

The 35-year-old doubled down on his claims, adding: “It’s an amazing platform for them to see what I’ve done and that it’s possible for them to do the same thing and achieve what I’ve achieved.”

“People used to say: ‘We are Muslims, we are Asians, we can’t do boxing’. We won’t be chosen. That’s an excuse all Asians use: that we will never be chosen. But guess what they all say, “We’re not selected because we’re Asian.”

“I think that’s really a lot of bullshit. It’s a lot of bullshit. We Asians if we can’t give up to some extent. We don’t have it in us.”

Amir Khan’s last fight before retiring was against Kell Brook in February (Picture: Getty Images)

Khan confirmed he was retiring from professional boxing last Friday, just six days after his old rival and fellow British boxer, Kell Brook, announced he too would be hanging up the gloves.

The pair finally settled their differences in the ring at the Manchester Arena in February after years of being called out and taunted by both sides.

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