British boxer Amir Khan has admitted that his love for an extravagant lifestyle damaged his career. But now, he claims to have made a comeback and has left all his distractions behind to take on Middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas on 7 May.
The 29-year-old came into the limelight at the Athens Olympics in 2004 where he became the youngest British boxer to win a medal in Olympic history when he bagged a silver at the age of 17. Since then, he has won some titles, but has not been able to reach the heights that some had predicted at the start of his career.
Ahead of his clash against the American, he has decided to leave all distractions behind just like 2004.
"I'm living out here in California for camp and it's just me, my dad and my brother Harry. It's just like the old times, it feels the same as it did before the Olympics, it's like how it was when I was an amateur. It's just training, training, training," Khan said.
The Britain-born boxer of Pakistani origin has jumped two weight divisions from featherweight to middleweight for this fight. Although he is aware that fame had got the better of him in the past, he has now left that behind and is concentrating only at the fight at hand.
"It's about controlling it and not going crazy. In the past I did go a little bit crazy with fast cars and that lifestyle, but I kind of learnt it myself. It's crazy how that Olympic success changed my life and really boxing saved my life. It kept me out of trouble, I've achieved a lot financially I'm very lucky, I've secured my future and my family's future," Khan claimed.
The boxer is adamant that it is not the money that he is looking forward to, but securing a legacy in the sport. "It's not about the money, for me it's about the setting my name in stone nice and strong, securing that legacy. By beating Canelo I will have set my name for life. I'm such an underdog, by beating such a big name I will go down in history," he stressed.