Amir Khan has spoken of his pride at having the chance to follow in the footsteps of boxing legend Muhammad Ali by carrying the Olympic torch.
Khan, 25, will run with the torch tomorrow in his hometown of Bolton as the relay continues ahead of London 2012.
Sixteen years ago he watched Ali light the Olympic flame at the Atlanta Games, and Khan is thrilled to be involved with the torch relay this time around.
He was speaking during a training session ahead of his fight against unbeaten WBC Light-Welterweight champion Danny Garcia.
The Olympics are particularly special for Khan, who announced himself at the Athens Games in 2004 by winning a silver medal aged 17.
As Ali - a gold-medallist at the Rome Games in 1960 - did before him, the Briton went on to become a champion of the world and Khan in no way underestimates how crucial the Olympics were in kick-starting his professional boxing career.
In his years as a pro, Khan has suffered only two defeats in 28 fights, with the latest coming in controversial circumstances last December when he lost his IBF and WBA light-welterweight titles to Lamont Peterson.
The pair had been due to fight again before it emerged Peterson had tested positive for a banned substance, with the American's team then claiming he had been prescribed synthetic testosterone for medical reasons which was administered in the form of a pellet inserted into his hip before the first bout.
The rematch, set for May 19, was scrapped and a hearing on June 13 will decide on what action to is to be taken.
Khan, who wants the original result overturned and the two belts returned to him, is instead set to fight the American Garcia on July 14 in Las Vegas, and he admits it is a relief that he will be able to get back in the ring.