Amir Khan is now co-owner of an MMA promotion. | Photo: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions
Decorated British boxer Amir Khan is dipping his toe into the waters of mixed martial arts.
Indian MMA organization Super Fight League (SFL) on Monday announced that Khan, 28, has purchased an undisclosed stake in the company. Founded in 2012, SFL has produced more than 50 events -- primarily in India, but also in the U.S. and Dubai -- along with the reality show “SFL Challengers.”
In a statement, Khan said he hopes to utilize his “experience and relationships in the fight world” to help advance a promotions which he believes “has tremendous growth potential in the MMA and sports entertainment space.”
“Under the management of our new team of veterans from both the MMA and media industries,” Khan stated. “Super Fight League will unveil a new platform as well as an unprecedented new format for MMA competition in 2016 and, in doing so, will provide a potentially career-changing opportunity to hundreds of professional athletes in this great sport.”
Specifics of SFL’s new platform were not revealed, though Khan on Monday told ESPN.com that the promotion is in talks with “some big TV companies in the U.S.” with eyes on a 2016 debut.
Khan, who earned a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, is currently riding a five-fight winning streak as a 147-pounder and last saw action in May, when he defeated Chris Algieri via unanimous decision. While he doubts an MMA bout is in his future, the Manchester native feels he can be an asset to mixed martial artists.
“All MMA guys know boxing, and I can give them advice,” Khan told ESPN.com. ”... I don't think I'll ever be in the cage fighting, but I think being around the fighters and events will definitely be part of my involvement.”
Super Fight League’s next event, SFL 42, takes place Aug. 15 in Calgary, Alberta.
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