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Last Updated: Thursday January 10 2008 15:47 GMT

Boxer opens own gym to help kids

Amir Khan

Champion boxer Amir Khan has set up a gym in Greater Manchester that he's hoping will keep kids off the streets and encourage more of them into boxing.

The 21-year-old has used loads of his own cash to set up the Gloves gym and community centre with Network Rail in his hometown of Bolton.

It's also promoting Network Rail's No Messin' campaign to make kids aware of the dangers of playing on railways.

"Not many people realise how dangerous it is on railways," said Khan.

The Commonwealth lightweight champion said he thought the boxing club could make a difference.

"I hope it will provide kids with a place to hang out, get fit and most importantly, keep safe. There's no excuse for mucking about on the railway or anywhere else."

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