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Last Updated: Friday, 1 October, 2004, 11:28 GMT 12:28 UK
Khan given pro choice
Amir Khan
Promoter Frank Warren will not insist Amir Khan turns professional straight away if he signs the 17-year-old boxer.

The Olympic silver medallist is being wooed by Warren following his success at the Athens Olympics.

But he is also considering an offer from the Amateur Boxing Association to remain amateur until the 2008 Olympics.

"My offer is not dependent on him turning professional straight away. I'd like him to, but it's whenever he feels comfortable with it," Warren said.

Khan will be a guest of Warren's at Friday's IBF light welterweight fight between Ricky Hatton - another fighter in his stable - and the Delaware boxer Mike Stewart at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

"He'd be a great addition to the professional ranks," Warren told Radio Four's Today programme.

"I'm not going to try to persuade him. I'll make him an offer and it's up to him.

By the time the Beijing Games come around he could be world champion and make his financial future secure
Frank Warren
"I might not necessarily want him to go pro straight away."

Warren thinks Khan should cash in on his fame now, rather than waiting until after the next Olympics.

"If he does get to the Olympics then gets the flu he won't be able to participate," he said.

"By the time the Beijing Games come around he could be world champion and make his financial future secure."

And Welsh boxing legend Colin Jones agrees that Khan should leave the amateur ranks behind.

"Four years is a long time to wait for another Olympics and the qualifying is so difficult he's not guaranteed to get to Beijing," Jones told BBC Sport.

"As a professional he would be a promoter's dream and would fight for a world title within three years. "He would be well managed with hand-picked opponents. Khan has the talent and would make tremendous money."

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