LAHORE - Pakistan Army team won the All-Pakistan Amir Khan Boxing Tournament by grabbing three gold medals after tough resistance in the final matches at the Peoples Sports Complex.

Besides Army, the teams of Rangers, Navy, Wapda, PAF, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan also received a gold medal each. Around 180 boxers from 17 teams across the country participated in the tournament that took place in Karachi’s Lyari area and lasted a week.

Chief guests at the concluding ceremony were Karachi Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar, DG Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar and world-renowned Pakistani boxer Amir Khan . Also attending the finals were cricketer Javed Miandad and hockey Olympian Islahuddin, along with other key figures.

The organisers handed over Rs 20,000 each to gold medalists and Rs 15,000 each to silver medalists. In addition, all the 180 participants have earned appearance money of Rs 5,000 apiece.

The corps commander Karachi lauded the Rangers upon successful proceedings of the tournament and made promises to organise an international boxing event in the future. The curtains were drawn on the tournament amid a spectacular display of fireworks after prizes and certificates were distributed among the boxers.

During his visit to Lyari to witness the Amir Khan Boxing Championship finals, Pakistan-origin British boxer Amir Khan expressed his pleasure to be present at the landmark boxing event and urged his Pakistani fanbase to up their support in his future bouts. “I’m glad I’m in Lyari. “I’ll make the academy for all the boxers here. I have a fight in March and I hope everyone in Pakistan watches it. I’ll come back to Lyari after the fight,” he added.