AMIR Khan gave his home town fans an early Christmas present when he met them to sign autographs and pose for photographs at his Gloves gym.
He may be box office in the ring after adding previously unbeaten Carlos Molina to his scalps in Los Angeles on Saturday, but Amir wasted no time in returning home to repay the fans’ loyalty.
Admitting he was ready for home comforts over the holiday season, the new WBC World Silver light welterweight belt holder said: “The home town support means a lot to me and all over England to be fair.
“Everywhere I go I get great support and it is always good to give something back.
“It’s nice to take time to meet your fans because they take time to come to my fights, support me and watch me.
“My fans feel appreciated I want to give something back to them.”
Amir’s meet and greet took place at the Prince Street gym, which he funded.
It has enjoyed a hugely successful year, particularly with more youngsters attending.
And Amir brims with pride over the impact it has had to help get Bolton’s youth off the street corners and to promote fitness.
The 26-year-old added: “The gym has so many young fighters from the area who come and train here. It keeps them off the streets and out of trouble and helps them keep fit.
“It is brilliant. We never thought the gym would turn out to be like this.
“The reason I set the gym up was because boxing changed my life.
“I wanted to give something back to my community and rather than do it with money, I built my own gym where people could come and get into boxing.
“I am so glad I built it. It has just got better and better. We now have schools and colleges training here.”