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Former light welterweight world champion Amir Khan KOs would-be carjacker

Oct 9, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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Amir Khan has a new trainer and has just announced his return to the ring — the former welterweight world champion from England will meet unbeaten American Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on Dec 15. So as a tuneup, Khan pummeled a gang of would-be car thieves in Birmingham, UK on Monday.

According to The Telegraph, Khan and his brother, Haroon, who is also a boxer, were traveling in Amir Khan’s new Ranger Rover when a gang of thieves blocked their way in another vehicle and attempted to steal their vehicle. A scuffle ensued, and Amir punched one of the would-be thieves, knocking him out. The brothers then fought with others in the gang before escaping in their SUV.

Asked yesterday how his hands were, Khan smiled and showed his undamaged fists to a packed news conference in London. “They are fine,” said Khan, although he refused to comment further on the event. His father, Shah Khan, was not impressed by the incident. “I’ve told them it takes a bigger man to walk away. Let them have the car,” he said.

The London Sun talked to someone who said he was a witness:

“One slapped Amir and clipped him on the lip, but Amir pulled back and knocked him out cold,” a witness told the site. “Then five of them went for Amir and Haroon — but they stood their ground and these guys got dropped one by one.”

Bloodied thief later at home, looking at the ceiling with clenched fists: “Khaaaaaaaaaaaaan!”

Kahn, who has held held Commonwealth, WBO Inter-Continental, and WBA International titles in the lightweight division, is 26-3, but has lost his past two fights — vs. Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia, both of the U.S. The Garcia bout was for the WBC light welterweight title on July 14. Khan has since changed trainers from Freddie Roach to Virgil Hunter.

Khan won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at age 17 to become the youngest British Olympic boxing medalist.