Khan First Walked Into A Gym, and It “Felt Like Home”


“When I walked into the gym for the first time you could hear the bags being punched, you could smell the sweat and the blood. It felt like home.” – Amir Khan

Despite all his success, former unified junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) has stayed true to his roots. Born in the United Kingdom to Pakistani immigrants, the British superstar was introduced to boxing when he was 8 years old by his father, Shah, who has been by his side for all of his amateur and professional bouts. Khan, a devout Muslim who attends weekly prayer sessions, says he draws his strength inside the boxing ring from his religious beliefs. Check out this video of Khan discussing his family life, religion and his “make or break” showdown with Devin Alexander “The Great” (26-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday, Dec. 13, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

And don’t miss additional videos, photos and other offerings from SHOWTIME Sports during Monday’s “Khan Takeover Day” on social media by following the hashtag #KhanDay

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“Royal Battle: Khan vs. Alexander,” a 12-round welterweight bout for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Khan Promotions and The Great Promotions and is sponsored by Corona Extra, AT&T and Mexico – Live It To Believe It! The event will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will air on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the co-main event, Keith Thurman defends his WBA Interim Welterweight World Title against Leonard Bundu, and in the televised opener, Demetrius Andrade defends his WBO Junior Middleweight World Title against Jermell Charlo in a bout promoted in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will also be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

Tickets for the live event are on sale now and are priced at $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of four (4) at the $50 price range. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at or