Amir Khan would "love" to fight for Pakistan at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The 29-year-old fighter won a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2004 Games in Athens, but has revealed he would relish the chance to honour his Pakistani heritage by fighting for the Asian country later this year.
Khan's remarks come shortly after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) confirmed that professional fighters would be allowed to compete in Brazil. Khan, who was born in Britain and has fought under the British flag throughout his amateur and professional career, welcomed the decision and said he would happily represent Pakistan at the upcoming Games.
"It will help boxers and if I am permitted as per rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan," he said during a press conference in Karachi, according to Sky Sports. "I will be very happy if I can compete in the Olympics. I want to serve Pakistan."
Khan's remarks have already been warmly received by Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary Iqbal Hussain, who described him as a "hero". "I have to check the rules whether Amir can compete or not, but it would be a huge boost for us if it happens because he is our hero," he said.
Khan is currently recovering from his fourth loss as a professional fighter, after he was beaten by Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in May. The Bolton-born star was knocked out in devastating fashion in the sixth round of their fight at the newly-built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, despite performing credibly against a naturally bigger opponent.