Khan, a 31-year old former world champion has returned to professional boxing in April against Phil Lo Greco with a victory by knock out within 40 seconds. He is scheduled to fight Colombian welterweight Samuel Vargas on Saturday. Khan, who is also an Olympic silver medalist, has a history of helping charities which has led him to set up his own Foundation in 2014.
ThinkMarkets, a leading foreign exchange and CFD broker regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and by the Australian Investments and Security Commissions (ASIC), has ventured into the boxing world for its new sponsorship.
The London-based retail broker has partnered with British professional boxer Amir Khan to support 100 young-individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and become trading professionals in the City by 2022.
The former unified light-welterweight world champion commented on the partnership:
“Sport has a unique power to influence people from all walks of life and I have been committed to helping underprivileged individuals throughout my career.
ThinkMarkets share my passion for providing positive change through sporting initiatives and I look forward to collaborating with them on a number of exciting projects.”
Faizan Anees, Co-founder of ThinkMarkets, commented: “We are long-standing admirers of Amir, not only for his successes in the ring, but also for his initiatives outside of the ring to help less fortunate young people and their families.”
“Successful athletes, like Amir, are very similar to winning traders. They became who they are through practice, dedication and sheer hard work”, said Nauman Anees, Co-founder and CEO of ThinkMarkets.
The rate of violent crime in London and the UK has been rising since 2014/15. The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, said there were “a huge variety of underlying causes” to crime, including incitement on social media and young people being desensitized to violence through videos.
The Police has been failing to solve almost two-thirds of knife crimes committed against children and young people. Boxing and sports, in general, are seen as an effective tool to curb youth violence. ThinkMarkets, through this sponsorship, seem to have found a new tool to lower the violent crime rate and provide career opportunities to