Khan claims 'appalling diet' is why Asians don't make it in boxing

Amir Khan claims ‘curries’ and an ‘appalling diet’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making an impact in boxing – and ex-world champion thinks Asians use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing dream careers in sport

  • Ex-world champion Amir Khan retired from boxing last week at the age of 35 
  • The Bolton hero lost his final professional fight to Kell Brook back in February 
  • Yet Khan has sparked outrage with his comments about Asians making it in sport
  • Khan said Asian sportspeople use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing their dreams of a career at the top level of sport 

Retired former world champion Amir Khan has caused controversy by saying an ‘appalling diet’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making it in the upper echelons of boxing. 

The Bolton hero announced his retirement last week having lost to Kell Brook in his final fight in Manchester back in February. 

From winning Olympic silver in Athens in 2004 to becoming a world champion at 24, Khan had a successful professional career but has sparked outrage by saying that Asians having ‘curries’ as their diet is why there aren’t more champions from an Asian background. 


Amir Khan said an ‘appalling diet’ is to blame for Asian fighters not making it in boxing 

Khan (R) announced his retirement having lost to Kell Brook in Manchester back in February

The 35-year-old told reporters: ‘Look, us Asians are not really meant to be fighters. We’re not supposed to be good sportsmen and women.

‘Our diet is appalling. It’s curries. It’s not the right diet to be a champion. If you put us against a lot of English fighters their diet is a lot better. They’re stronger than us. But obviously I changed my way of living. Luckily, I started very young.

‘But not many Asians become sportsmen and women because we don’t have the diet. We don’t have the dedication. But if we see someone doing it, like if they’ve seen me do it, maybe that can inspire and motivate them. 

‘If Amir Khan has done it, being Asian and living on chapatis all his life and eating curries, we can do it. But you still have to take it easy on those things.’

Khan then went further, by stating that Asian sportspeople use their background as an ‘excuse’ for not pursuing their dreams of a career at the top level of sport. 

Khan lost six fights during his career including to pound-for-pound No 1 Canelo Alvarez

‘It’s an amazing platform for them to see what I’ve done and that it’s possible for them to do the same and achieve what I’ve achieved,’ he said. 

‘People used to say: “We are Muslim, we are Asian, we can’t make it in boxing. We’re not going to be picked.”

‘It’s an excuse that all Asians use – that we’re never going to be picked. Look at football, for example. There are no Asian footballers but guess what they all say? “We won’t get picked because we’re Asian.” 

‘I think that’s a f***ing load of b*******, really. It’s a load of b*******. Asians, when we can’t to a certain extent, give up. We don’t have it in us.’




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