Amir Khan is a sporting hero in Britain. An Olympic silver medalist at the age of 17 and world light welterweight champion by the time he was 22. The son of Pakistani immigrants and a Muslim, he has ridden through the difficult currents of multi-cultural life in this country and pursued his success single-mindedly while doing good work in his community.
In December he lost a fight on points that supposed to unify the WBA and IBF light welterweight titles in Washington DC. His opponent was a DC hometown fighter named Lamont Peterson. Almost immediately Khan claimed that the judging had been fishy.