"I've got my watch back now"
Amir Khan has revealed that the £72,000 watch that was stolen from him at gunpoint had been returned.
The retired boxer took to Twitter to thank the Metropolitan Police for recovering the valuable watch and finding the criminals who were responsible.
Amir had been dining at a London restaurant with his wife Faryal and a friend on April 18, 2022.
They left the restaurant just after 9 pm and crossed the road to get to their car.
But as they approached the car, Amir was approached by a man, who pointed a gun in his face and shouted at him to “take off the watch”.
Amir handed over his watch – believed to be worth approximately £72,000 – and the men ran back towards their car before quickly driving away.
He told Snaresbrook Crown Court that he was terrified as he stared down the barrel of a handgun while his wife, Faryal, sobbed beside him.
He said: “I remember the gun – a foot from my face. I remember looking right into the barrel there, looking into the gun barrel.”
Gunman Dante Campbell and associate Ahmed Bana have admitted conspiracy to rob and possessing an imitation firearm.
Nurul Amin and Ismail Mohamed were accused of being spotters. But they were cleared of conspiracy to rob.
Amir Khan has now posted a video, revealing that the custom timepiece has been returned to him.
Thanking the Met Police, he said: “I’ve got my watch back now and I want to thank the Met Police.”
He then revealed his generous plans for the watch.
Amir said: “I’m going to give it to charity now. So whatever I get for this watch now, I’m going to auction it.
“I’m going to give it to the Amir Khan Foundation. It’s going to help needy people.”
In the caption, Amir also thanked the British media for raising awareness about his case and stated that part of the proceeds raised from the auction will be donated to tackling gun and knife crime in the UK.
He wrote: “A big thank you to the @METPoliceUKRP and flying squad for getting my watch back and finding the robbers.
“I’d like to auction my watch and raise funds for the less fortunate and also give a donation towards gun and knife crime in the UK.”
“Thanks to the British media for raising awareness.”
A big Thank you to the @METPoliceUKRP & flying squad for getting my watch back and finding the robbers.
I’d like to auction my watch and raise funds for the less fortunate and also give a donation towards gun & knife crime in UK
Thanks to the British media for raising awareness pic.twitter.com/iYQpps2vYi
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) April 18, 2023
Amir Khan is now based in Dubai but returns to the UK for a week each month for charity and TV work.
On the reasons for his move, Amir said:
“The UK isn’t a safe place any more.
“It’s like living in Mexico. I don’t feel comfortable. I love England. I won a medal for the country but I stay in Dubai now because it’s the only place I feel safe.
“I’ve had my career, won my fights, got money. I just want to be safe.”
He also previously criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, adding:
“Since he has been in power, London has got so dangerous. He needs to pull his finger out and do something about it.”