Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk during the holy month of Ramadan. For Bolton boxer Amir Khan, whose faith has carried him through the ranks as one of the top pounders in the game, it’s an important observance that he’s always fully committed to.
Amir Khan insists fasting will not adversely affect his chances if – as has been widely conjectured that he faces undefeated triple welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather in September, reported BBC News.
Khan is obstinate on training throughout the fasting month of Ramadan – 30 consecutive days of fasting for 17 hours while drinking and eating only at night.
“The training has changed big time”, the 28-year-old acknowledges. “After fasting all day I eat late in the evening, go to mosque for my prayers and then hit the gym at midnight to train for about an hour.
“It’s extremely tough but the motivation for me is that my opponents are sleeping whilst Amir Khan is training. It’s not really something a sportsman should be doing but that’s the sacrifices you have to make when you’re a Muslim.”