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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 September, 2004, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Khan ponders pro bid
Bolton boxer Amir Khan
Britain's Olympic boxing silver medallist Amir Khan will hold talks with promoters over a potential move into the professional ranks.

According to his manager, Asif Vali, the teenager is set to meet promoters, including Frank Warren.

However, the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABA) have offered Khan a record 280,000 to shun professional boxing until after the next Olympics.

Details of the ABA deal are to be finalised on Friday.

The ABA added that the money would be spread over the four years leading up to the next Games, with 10,000 per year going towards the 17-year-old's education.

By the time that the next Olympics come around he could be world champion
Frank Warren
Boxing promoter
Earlier on Wednesday, Khan's manager told BBC Radio Four that the boxer would explore the option of turning professional, four days after he pledged to stay amateur.

"We will talk to the promoters and see what they have to offer us," said Vali.

The ABA's development officer Paul King said the association hopes Khan resists the temptation.

"We understand people will be queuing up to sign Amir Khan, but we would be very, very disappointed if we had to lose him at this stage," he said.

On Saturday, Khan confirmed Beijing was his target despite a series of lucrative professional contract offers in recent weeks.

"The future is definitely Beijing. I want that gold medal and I've definitely got my eye on it. I'm staying amateur and not turning pro," he said.

Warren, who believes the ABA may have undervalued Khan's worth, confirmed he would be interested in signing the youngster.

"I'm interested in the value that they (ABA) have put on him," said Warren.

"The thing is, by the time that the next Olympics come around he could be world champion.

"I'm delighted that he is ready to talk and I would look forward to sitting down with him. Hopefully we can get something done.

"If he is handled properly then he can do some exceptional things in boxing."

Khan has seen his life change in the last six weeks, becoming a British sporting celebrity.

He has agreed to film a new series of Superstars and appeared at Bolton's Reebok Stadium as the guest of honour ahead of their game with Manchester United.




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Interview: Khan's manager Asif Vali



Interview: ABA development officer Paul King




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