Amir Khan says Tal Singh has the “pace and energy’ to change into the primary Sikh world champion after agreeing to information the profession of his thrilling new protege.
Khan will handle the proficient 26-year-old, an England novice champion, and is holding talks with varied promoters about launching Singh’s arrival within the skilled ranks this yr.
The sunshine-flyweight has skilled at Khan’s health club since final Spring, impressing the previous world title holder, who introduced Singh as his first-ever signing.
“Clearly there’s Eddie Hearn and different promoters that we’re in talks with,” Khan advised Sky Sports activities. “I actually imagine that persons are going to like Tal’s type, that unorthodox type he is bought. The ability, the pace he is bought.
“He has bought his boxing licence executed now and it is simply good to have him as my first protégé actually.
“It was a giant transfer for me, being a fighter myself and nonetheless combating at present.
“Why I bought into it now’s as a result of with boxing slowing down for me, possibly I’ve bought one or two fights left in my profession. I need to get within the administration facet, serving to these younger fighters and provides them that confidence, and pushing them to that high stage.
“There’s by no means been a Sikh world champion. He may very well be the primary one.”
Singh revealed how Khan was ringside for one in all his early fights, then provided to coach alongside him after the Covid-19 pandemic stalled the Liverpudlian’s progress on the novice circuit.
“It is wonderful. I do know it is plenty of stress, with the expectations,” Singh advised Sky Sports activities.
“I should be taking my time with issues at this stage when beginning out. It is all concerning the expertise, however I am very assured that when we get the momentum going, we’ll positively be delivering these emphatic finishes for the folks tuning in.
“There aren’t any phrases to justify the way it makes me really feel, it truly is unimaginable.
“I’ve bought a trophy in my mother or father’s home, I’ve had on the fireside for seven years, and it was when Amir got here to my second novice bout. It has been within the room for years, however by no means as soon as did I believe I’d have the primary man really guiding me to the highest, so it is nonetheless surreal.”
Khan held world titles in two divisions, together with turning into a unified belt holder at 140lbs, and has relished the chance to cross on his ring expertise.
I have been within the recreation for a very long time. I’ve met many fighters, however it’s not solely the talent and the pace, it is about how arduous you’re employed within the health club.
“I noticed Tal battle, and I believed ‘wow’,” mentioned Khan. “He is bought every part that it takes to change into a champion.
“I have been within the recreation for a very long time. I’ve met many fighters, however it’s not solely the talent and the pace, it is about how arduous you’re employed within the health club. We began to coach collectively after we bought to know one another and I believed, ‘he is a tasty fighter’, so why not take him underneath my wing.
“I used to be a long-range fighter. He is extra of an inside fighter, so I’ve taught him slightly little bit of the skin, conserving it lengthy, utilizing your attain, as a result of he is fairly tall and lean for his weight.
“I believe he’ll trigger plenty of issues, combating folks lengthy, however I do know he can battle on the within as nicely. He is bought the total package deal.”
Singh’s final ambition is a historic world title triumph, however he additionally needs to encourage extra younger boxers from the Sikh group.
“Because the fights go on and as my profession progresses, I hope the folks can have a look at my success as inspiration and take from that to go and obtain their very own desires and issues they need to do,” he mentioned.
“I need to look again and see that I achieved my desires and I reached my full potential. That is most essential for me, as a result of I imagine my potential is to go all the best way, win the titles and even transfer up a division and win a world title in one other weight class.
“The ambitions are there, I am reaching actually excessive and with Amir by my facet, I actually, actually do imagine I will do it.”