Amir Khan reveals plans for WBC heavyweight title bout in Dubai with cryptocurrency partnership

© (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images) Amir Khan is behind a major event in Dubai that will see the vacant WBC Asia heavyweight title find a new owner. © Provided by Manchester Evening News

Amir Khan is set to make boxing history as he’s behind the first-ever World Boxing Council heavyweight title bout in the Middle East.

The Bolton fighter, who is set to make his own return to the ring in the near future, has partnered with Super Boxing League (SBL) to present the Amir Khan Crypto Fight Night on October 16 in La Perle, Dubai.

The event will see the vacant WBC Asia heavyweight title up for grabs, as well as witnessing a number of crypto traders facing off in the ring.

Dubai’s Mohammad Ali Bayat Farid, known as the ‘KO King’ with all of his 17 wins coming by way of knock-out, faces off against undefeated heavyweight prospect Hemi Ahio in the co-main event.

All earnings from the fight night will be donated to the Amir Khan Foundation, which was launched by the fighter in 2014 and has since responded to causes, projects and emergencies across the world.

The event will also feature auctions of various crypto related assets, collectibles, and NFT digital art, with all the funds raised to be donated to the Foundation.

Speaking about the event, Khan said: “By associating with crypto, we will further augment our endeavor to reach like-minded groups who believe in innovation and transformation.”

Abdul Khan, the cousin of Olympic silver-medallist Amir, makes his professional boxing debut on the undercard, having announced his decision to turn professional earlier this year.

For the main fight, RookieXBT, one of the world’s youngest and most respected crypto traders, will battle it out with Loomdart, a world-renowned crypto investor, and partner at leading VC firm eGirl Capital.

The WBC is one of four major organisations with sanctions professional boxing bouts along with the WBA, WBO and IBF.