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School scores knockout with boxer
Amir Khan
Boxer Amir Khan will meet Mohammed Ali at a Halifax primary school
Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan, from Bolton, is to open new classrooms at Parkinson Lane primary school in Halifax on Tuesday.

The event comes just days after the 17-year-old champ helped Britain beat the USA in an amateur contest in Liverpool.

But Khan faces a "fearsome" opponent - Mohammed Ali - but this is a four-year-old fan who lives near the school.

Young Mohammed has had his own boxer's robe made, ready for his encounter with the lightweight star.

He said 'yes'

Headmaster Gugsy Ahmed told the BBC that after the school had talked about the Olympics at an assembly, he and a colleague drove to Bolton to find the Khan family.

"We asked him if he'd come, and he said yes," said Mr Ahmed.

"It was great talking to Amir about the Olympics so soon after his success," he added.

The school, near the centre of Halifax, has 507 pupils, aged between three and 11.

To contrast the ring appearance by young Mohammed Ali, the UK's oldest licensed boxer and nearby resident 88-year-old Tommy Miller will also be on hand for the opening.

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