In a brilliant gesture, New Zealand captain is said to have donated his match fee to the victims of the Peshawar massacre.
It was something that could only happen in nightmares we thought – but sadly for the people of Pakistan and more particularly of Peshawar, (a city in the North West of the country) they were victim to one of the most violent terrorist attacks in recent history.
Some 128 people, mostly children had their lives cruelly taken away by the Taliban terrorists who attacked an army school in Peshawar. In an attack which shocked the country and the world, not many would have thought that sport would have a starring role in showing the terrorists that people can unite in such a tragedy.
Sport though has provide one way of bringing families some comfort. New Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson is rumoured to have given all of his match fee from all the five games that he played in the recent series win over Pakistan to the stricken families of Peshawar.
In another act of kindness British born boxer Amir Khan who is of Asian origin is to donate his shorts which are rumoured to be valued at £30,000, to the victims of the atrocity in Peshawar. The Bolton born fighter on top of that act of kindness, Khan is out in Pakistan currently – and has vowed that he will do all he can to help the grief stricken people of Peshawar by physically being on the ground in aid of the victims.
Sport is very powerful in the way it promotes social values, such as racial equality and equality in general. Not every one maybe a fan of sports or sports people – but one thing you can’t away from sports and sports stars is that they unite really well in times of tragedy. The team at Asian Sunday very much offers it prays and thoughts to the families of Peshawar at a difficult time no doubt.
Amir Khan impressively beat Devon Alexander to defend his WBC Silver Welterweight title.
British Asian fighter Amir Khan defeated American fighter Devon Alexander with a unanimous points decision in Las vegas to defend his WBC Silver welterweight title.. The Bolton born fighter took the fight to his 27 year old opponent in the ‘gambling capital of the world’ who had no answer to the fast tempo that Khan was boxing at.
In fact Alexander only offered anything of real note in the eighth round, with a series of hooks – but Khan was never really troubled in this one and managed to reeastablish his control as all three judges scored this one in the British fighters favour.
The judges scored the fight 119-109 , 118-110, and 120-108 at the MGM Grand. An impressive achievement by the 28 year old Khan who’s opponent could boast about winning titles at light-welterweight and welter weight level. On the night though however the fighter from St Louis had no answer to the accuracy of his slightly older opponent.
Amir khan who has spoken of his desire to box Floyd Mayweather who many might argue is one of the sports greats, did so again after the victory over Devon Alexander. Although it would be a good for British boxing fans , Floyd Mayweather himself has talked up the possibility of fighting Manny Pacquiao before – but nothing has materialised. Boxing fans will no doubt be hoping that will change.
As for a potential fight with Amir Khan I personally feel this won’t be in the immediate future – but if khan keeps beating opponents as impressively as he did against Devon Alexander, then it will be more difficult for Mayweather to ignore Khan for much longer.