Amir Khan has opened the door to a stunning return to the Olympics after amateur boxing’s governing body made the controversial call to allow professionals to fight in Rio this summer.
The twist is that Bolton-born Khan, a silver medallist for Britain in Athens in 2004, followed the announcement from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by revealing he wants to fight for Pakistan, the country of his parents’ birth.
Pakistan boxing officials are now investigating to see if Khan is eligible after the former light-welterweight world champion said: ‘It’s a decision which I welcome. It will help boxers.
If I am permitted as per the rules and from my promoter then I would love to compete for Pakistan. I will be very happy if I can compete in the Olympics.’
The decision to allow professionals in has drawn huge condemnation from the boxing community and AIBA has even been accused of endangering fighters with this ground breaking call.
But Khan has long indicated he would want a chance to upgrade his silver medal from 12 years ago.
And theoretically, he could fill a gap for Britain as they have not yet qualified a fighter for the light-welterweight and welterweight categories in Rio.
But team sources told Sportsmail they will only consider a professional contender if they struggle at this month’s qualification event in Baku, Azerbaijan.