Boxer Amir Khan's chin has been called into question lately, but not his fighting spirit. The former world champion proved that, along with his younger brother Haroon, when they fended off six would-be car thieves in Birmingham, England, Monday.
According to The Sun, a group of six men attempted to strong arm the Khans and steal Amir's Range Rover. The newspaper put the value of the vehicle at more than £100,000.
Khan has lost back-to-back fights and was knocked out by Danny Garcia in Las Vegas in the fourth round of their July 14 match at Mandalay Bay for the WBA/WBC super lightweight title.
Khan believed part of his problem in that bout was that his fighting spirit was too great and he wound up fighting Garcia's match.
Despite the loss, Khan showed in the incident he still has plenty of fight in him. And, doubtlessly, the group of men who tried to rob him probably wished they'd picked on two other skinny guys. Haroon Khan is also a boxer. Despite the 6-to-2 odds, the Khan brothers fared well and managed to keep their vehicle.
According to an unnamed eyewitness who spoke to The Sun, the would-be thieves blocked Khan's exit with their SUV.
Despite the numbers against them, the Khans opted to fight instead of just giving up. This time, at least, it worked in their favor.
The witness described the scene to The Sun:
These guys tried to jump Amir and his brother but they picked on the wrong blokes. They parked their car in front of the Range Rover. At least one had a [weapon]. One slapped Amir and clipped him on the lip, but Amir pulled back and knocked him out cold. Then five of them went for Amir and Haroon, but [the Khan brothers] stood their ground and these guys got dropped one by one. They left these men with cuts and bruises, but all they were doing was defending their property.
Police confirmed they investigated reports of a fight, but no arrests were made.
Surely, Golden Boy Promotions, Khan's promoter, hopes that Khan can score as dramatic a win on Dec. 15 when he returns to the ring as he did on Monday while fending off a gang of hoodlums.
Khan will fight Carlos Molina on Dec. 15 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.