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19th Apr 2022

Boxer Amir Khan robbed at gunpoint in east London for £71k watch

Steve Hopkins

‘He asked me for my watch while having a gun pointed in my face’

Amir Khan has told how he had a “gun pointed in my face” during a robbery in east London.

The former champion boxer was out with his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, in Leyton, when he was confronted by two men who stole his £71,000 diamond-encrusted Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph timepiece.

The 35-year-old tweeted about the ordeal on Monday, saying: “I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was a few steps behind me. 2 men ran to me, he asked for my watch while having a gun pointed in my face.”

The Olympic silver medallist continued: “The main thing is we’re both fine.”

Police arrived and searched the area but the men had fled in a getaway car along High Road, Leyton around 9.15pm.

Makhdoom, 30, later shared pictures of the watch including its serial number in a bid to “find out who’s done this”.


In reply to Khan’s tweet, fellow Olympic boxer, Anthony Fowler, said he was living “there until a few weeks ago, full of absolute scumbags, I couldn’t leave the house without some form of confrontation”.

Khan last fought in February when he was stopped by rival Kell Brook.

At the time, Khan said the fight could be his last.

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