Amir Khan says he will become full-time charity worker following retirement after being moved by refugee crisis

Khan has been in Lesbos providing aid to families escaping Syria

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Amir Khan says he has been so moved by his aid work during the refugee crisis that he will become a charity worker full-time once he retires from boxing.

Khan has been on the Greek island of Lesbos helping deliver aid to hundreds of families escaping Syria.

“After my boxing career ends, it is charity that I want to get into full-time,” he said in an interview.

“I want to make a difference and help people around the world, that is something I really want to do.


Currently in Lesbos supplying the Syrian refugees with tents to live , food and water.

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“It will give me another adrenaline buzz like boxing does.”

Khan has become well-known for his charity work, supporting causes such as Oxfam, Great Ormond Street Hospital and NSPCC.

He set up The Amir Khan Foundation to allow him to work more closely with charities he supports, and was in Lesbos as part of a partnership with Penny Appeal to deliver vital supplies to those fleeing the civil war in Syria.

Khan added that due to his extensive property portfolio - somewhere between 20 and 30 houses - he has considered housing Syrian families who have nowhere else to go.

Khan was notorious for flashing his cash when he was younger, but now he says he uses charity work to balance out the excessive purchases he makes.

“I still like the watches, but it’s about balancing it as well, and I think I do,” he said. “If I have to buy something, I do three times as much charity work.”