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Amir Mortal

Elliot Worsell finds Amir Khan, now something of a veteran, sounding like he still has his whole career in front of him
HAPPY PLACE: Khan is showing no sign of nerves ahead of his make-or-break showdown

ONE of the perks of being young, dumb and unknown is that mistakes don’t travel far and are witnessed by just a few. You screw up in private. You grow up in private.

For Amir Khan, however, the rules were slightly different. Khan, a household name since the age of 17, has lived his life in public, beneath the lights of boxing rings, in full view of people who once adored him, then became indifferent to him, and now, one hopes, at the very least respect him. His growing pains were not only felt but seen – by everyone.

He has seen it all and we too have seen it all. We saw him win his Olympic silver medal in 2004, his first world title (WBA) in 2009, and his second one (IBF) two years later. We witnessed all the times he fell and all the times he was hoisted on the shoulders of various coaches and family members following a victory. We have, over the course of his 14-year professional career, watched him go from boy to man.

“Fourteen years is crazy”, Khan, 32, said 10 days before challenging Terence Crawford for the WBO welterweight title in New York. “Someone mentioned that a couple of weeks ago and I had to pinch myself.

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