US promoter projects Khan as Muslim ‘ambassador’
Britain’s Amir Khan could play an important role in combating anti-Muslim prejudice, according to his US promoter.
“He has the character and the background to unite the cultures very well,” said Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer.
“He has what it takes to be that ambassador, to unify countries and people.”
Khan 25, visited the US capital in September as a special guest of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
During that visit, the Englishman of Pakistani heritage took part in a dinner paying tribute to Muslim athletes to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.
“It was a big thing to be invited by the secretary of state,” Khan said.
Khan says the political urge has not hit him. “I’m a normal guy. I’m going to stay away from politics,” Khan said.
“There is a lot of stuff happening in the Middle East and Pakistan, but I don’t want to get into it too much. I like helping people, doing charitable work, making things better.”
Khan has given to charity, helping raise $125,000 for “Islam Help” in September to bring food, water and medicine to needy areas in drought-stricken East Africa.