Amir Khan mourns tragic death of newborn nephew with emotional tribute

Boxer Amir Khan has been left mourning the death of his nephew alongside his family.

The newborn child passed away on July 1 with the Olympic medalist posting an emotional message from the burial plot for Abdul, the son of Amir's brother Haroon.

He said: "Tough day for the family. My nephew, son of my brother Haroon Khan passed away yesterday. The new born didn’t make it.

"May Allah make it easy for the family, especially the mother and father, please keep us in your prayers."

Abdul had been born on July 1 but was tragically stillborn.

There had been no issues during pregnancy for Haroon's wife, Arifa, however doctors found issues with the umbilical cord during labour.

Haroon and his wife also have a two-year-old son. Arifa remains in hospital, while the family were able to have a socially-distanced funeral.

Khan says that he has been humbled by the messages of support from fans and well-wishers.

Amir, who has three children himself with wife Faryal Makhdoom, is close with Haroon, 29, who has also been a successful boxer in his own regard.

He has fought seven times as a pro, winning all seven, three by way of knockout.

And like his elder brother he starred as an amateur fighter, taking the bronze medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi at Flyweight – losing out to the eventual gold medalist, Suranjoy Singh.

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He had controversially been overlooked by GB selectors in the build up to 2010, and was banned from representing Pakistan at the 2012 Olympics because he had represented England during his youth.

An appeal to have the ban lifted failed.

His most recent professional fight came in Wigan in 2017, defeating Gyula Dodu via a second round KO.

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