British boxer Amir Khan 'robbed at gunpoint' in London after 'The Great Iftar'

British boxer Amir Khan 'robbed at gunpoint' in London after 'The Great Iftar'
The British Olympic champion Amir Khan said he was robbed by two men at gunpoint when out with his wife on Monday.
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19 April, 2022
Amir Khan was in London with wife Faryal Makhdoom for 'The Great Iftar' gala event [source: Getty]

British boxer Amir Khan said he was robbed at gunpoint when out with his wife in East London on Monday after an iftar celebration. 

The Olympic silver medalist wrote on Twitter that two men ran toward him and demanded he hand over his watch while holding a gun to his face on Monday evening. 

The Bolton-born athlete said he and his wife Faryal Makhdoom were "safe" despite the ordeal. 

London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed to The New Arab that an investigation into the incident had begun and they are "following a number of enquiries" into the alleged incident. No one has been arrested yet. 

The 35-year-old boxer wrote on social media on Monday evening: "Just had my watch taken off me at gun point in East London, Leyton. I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was few steps behind me. 2 men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we're both safe." 

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called at 21:15hrs on Monday, 18 April to High Road, Leyton [London]. 

"A man aged in his 30s is alleged to have been approached by two males who threatened him with a firearm before stealing his watch and fleeing.

"There were no reports of any shots fired or any injuries. Police responded and conducted an area search." 

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Khan, who was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester and of Pakistani heritage became Britain's youngest boxing Olympic medalist at age 17. 

He last fought in February against rival Kell Boll and lost, admitting the defeat could be his last fight. 

"I want to spend time with my kids and my family," said Khan after the match. 

Khan and Makhdoom were in London for an event, 'The Great Iftar', held just a few days before.

The gala event raised thousands of pounds for Ukraine