Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Khan's Pride at Torch Selection

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Khan's Pride at Torch Selection

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AMIR KHAN has spoken of his pride at having the chance to follow in the footsteps of boxing legend Muhammad Ali by carrying the Olympic torch.

Khan was running with the torch today in his home town of Bolton as the relay continues ahead of London 2012.

Sixteen years ago he watched Ali light the Olympic flame at the Atlanta Games, and Khan is thrilled to be involved with the torch this time around.

"It is an honour for me to hold the torch, especially in the streets where I was growing up," the 25-year-old said.

"I know I am away a lot now due to my training, but for them to pick me and have the torch in Bolton, it is something I am going to remember for the rest of my life.

"Not many boxers get the chance to do this and I am one of the few.

"When I saw a boxer hold the torch it was Muhammad Ali - one day I can tell my kids and grandkids that I did it. …

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