Amir Khan plans boxing league in Pakistan

MUMBAI: British-Pakistan Boxer Amir Khan has announced his intention to launch a boxing league in Pakistan this December.

The 'Super Boxing League – Pakistan will be held with franchised-based teams participating in the league.

“There will be eight teams and each team will comprise eight boxers,” Khan told Geo TV. 

Khan said that he would not bring international boxers in the first edition as he is aiming to promote Pakistan’s local talent.  The host city for the event is yet to be finalised, but Khan said it would be a pro-am tournament, where boxers will fight in three rounds of three minutes each.

“The first event may be held in Islamabad at my academy or may be in Lahore or Karachi that we need to confirm.”

He told Geo TV that the title of this championship would be owned by the World Boxing Council and the league will provide Pakistani boxers to win a WBC belt.

The participating teams include Multan Thunders, Faisalabad Falcons, Islamabad Kings, Peshawar Warriors, Lahore Giants, Quetta Stars, Sialkot United and Karachi Devils. 

“In Pakistan, each team will have a celebrity face from any field singing, acting or [others]. This has never been done before. We tried this in India and it was very successful, this is my own company and I have brought this to Pakistan,” he added.