"They were not hanging around."
Three men are due to appear in court over the gunpoint robbery of Amir Khan.
Ahmed Bana, aged 25, Nurul Amin, aged 24, and Dante Campbell, aged 20, have been charged over the incident in Leyton, East London, in April 2022.
The trio are due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court later on June 23, 2022.
All three suspects, from North London, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Bana and Campbell have also been charged with possession of an imitation firearm.
Campbell has also been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
Amir had left a restaurant on High Road with his wife Faryal at around 9:15 pm on April 18 when they were approached by some men who threatened him with a gun before stealing his £72,000 watch.
Hours before the robbery, Amir was pictured with a fan while shopping in Oxford Street wearing the watch, which is studded with 719 diamonds.
The former world champion was also wearing it in an Instagram post from a charity event at the Grosvenor House Hotel the night before – sparking fears he may have been specifically targeted.
One eyewitness said that Amir Khan was visibly shaken, adding:
“They were not hanging around. They got straight into the car and fled.
“Amir had enjoyed a lovely evening with his wife and had been shopping earlier in the day. It raises real fears he was a deliberate target.
“It’s extremely serious. He was left absolutely terrified.”
At the time Amir Khan posted on Twitter:
“Just had my watch taken off me at gunpoint in East London, Leyton.”
“I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was a few steps behind me.
“Two men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we’re both safe.”
Detective Sergeant Lee Warrington of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said:
“Tackling robbery is a key priority for the Met and these arrests demonstrate our commitment to taking those intent on using violence, or the threat of violence, off of our streets.”
In 2012, Amir Khan fought off an armed gang that reportedly tried to steal his £100,000 Range Rover.