"It is such a small number who reflect badly on the good"
Amir Khan has responded to those in Britain who send him hate-filled messages. He feels that they want to drive him out of the country.
The Bolton-born boxer is one of Britain’s most successful boxers, from winning an Olympic silver medal in 2004 to winning his first world title aged 22.
However, there is a small minority who send him hate. In the wake of recent attacks in New Zealand, Khan believes that the colour of his skin makes him a target.
As reported by The Mirror, Khan has sent a message to those who give him hate.
Khan said: “There is a lot of hatred in a lot of people towards Muslims.
“With the terrorist attacks and ISIS, there is always a handful of Muslims who make it difficult for the rest of us to live in this world.
“It is such a small number who reflect badly on the good and innocent people like myself; this is a retaliation against a handful of people.
“But being Muslim creates more drama for me because who wants to support a Muslim boxer when we live in a time when there is a lot of terrorism and racism in the world?
“But I represented Britain in the Olympics and I represent Britain when I fight. I have the British flag wrapped around me and I always call myself British.
“I stand up purposely against terrorism to show that I’m like everyone else but there are only a few people who understand that.
“I try my best to make my point but I am a Muslim and a brown-skinned person so they will probably put me in the same group of people as the terrorists.
“It’s definitely changed in the last few years and people do just look at what religion you are or what colour of skin you have.
“You don’t even have to know the person, you just have to know what religion you are and you put them in that category.
“I don’t feel afraid, I’m in a sport where anything can happen to me, but I feel afraid for my kids and my family and I worry that they will be in the wrong place or that something will happen when they’re out and about.
“I live in Britain and I’m always going to live there. My kids go to school in England and I want to work in the UK when I retire.
“I plan to run a business and some gyms to keep me busy, the UK has always been my home.”
Khan will take on American Terence Crawford on April 20, 2019, in a bid to win another world title. He also spoke about retirement and why he hasn’t done it yet, despite saying he wanted to walk away when he was 28.
The 32-year-old said: “I always wanted to retire young and not have to make money all my life but I love this sport to bits and it will be hard to walk away from it.
“I’m sure my team and my family will advise me when to leave – and I’ll know myself – but I have a lot left and that’s the reason I’m not retired yet.
“When I do quit I’d like to be remembered as someone who never turned a fight down and who fought the best guys in the world.
“I’ve won numerous world titles and won big fights for Britain and brought big titles home.”
Khan takes on Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden, New York.