Amir Khan closed down restaurant for Saudi afterparty – but there was no music
When all has been said and done in the ring, boxers are just like the rest of us – they love a good party.
Champagne flowing, music blaring, tunes ruined by horrible dancing in the middle of the nightclub floor – there's nothing like a good afterparty, particularly when it comes to boxing. However, in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, where alcohol is forbidden and bars and nightclubs are nowhere to be seen, those competing in the kingdom will have to improvise.
Fortunately, former unified lightweight champion and British boxing legend Amir Khan has never been one to look to the bottle after a fight. Despite being surrounded by the glitz and glamour of Jeddah after his WBC international welterweight title victory over Billy Dib in 2019, his afterparty was a more laid back affair.
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“You want to know what the afterparty for me was like when I fought in Saudi Arabia?,” Khan asked in an exclusive interview with Daily Star Sport, speaking on behalf of Wow Hydrate. “You know what my after party was?
“We all met at a restaurant, closed it down. We had loads of food, we ate and we had a nice shisha. I just chilled and had a nice shisha all night.”
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Khan would have had plenty of energy to relax and enjoy his shisha, as he brutally stopped the Australian in the fourth round at King Abdullah Sports City. His rapid combination of punches resulted in Dibb’s team throwing in the towel to end the fight.
Nevertheless, the conservative laws of Saudi Arabia means after parties are often a more laid back affair. It is a far cry to some of the other afterparties which find their way onto the social media pages of some of the most famous A-list celebrities on the planet.
Sporting and celebrity royalty were all ringside for Tyson Fury’s narrow victory over Francis Ngannou in Riyadh. But while the some of the most famous people on the planet were in the same space, Khan – who was also in Saudi Arabia to watch the fight – claims it wouldn't have been all that different to his party in 2019.
“After a fight, it’s what I used to do [shisha] – but that’s the only party you would have here,” he added. “There are no nightclubs, there would not be any music. Then again, they might do a concert or something.”
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