Occupation: Boxing ChampionAge: 30Phobias: Spiders, snakes and heights.Biggest misconception you want to dispel in the Jungle: People only ever see me in the boxing ring. It will be nice to show people what I'm like away from it.Role in the Camp: The leader. I will spur people on.What you will miss the most: My family and my daughter.Dream Campmate: Drake and Floyd Mayweather would be amazing!
He may be a champion in the ring, but British boxer Amir Khan has a long list of phobias that suggest life in the Jungle could be quite a challenge.
“Whenever I see a spider at home, I get my sister to move it. I just don’t deal with it,” he admits. “Will I scream? Yes definitely, but maybe this is the time where I face my phobias!”
The 30-year-old says he’s ready for a break from training, as well a break from his phone.
“I am most looking forward to getting away from the world, spending time with myself and getting to know some new people,” he says.
While the other Campmates are watching the show avidly ahead of their stint in the Jungle, Amir is waiting for the real deal. “I’m not going to watch any of the previous series. I’m going to deal with everything when I get there.”
It’s an interesting tactic, but this Olympian certainly knows a thing or two about preparation.
While describing himself as “very chilled out”, Amir reckons he’s got the makings of a Camp leader. “With the sport I am in, I do need to be confident,” he says.
“Boxing has made me accept all challenges, never give up and never be scared.”
So is our champion up for taking the Jungle title? Absolutely. “To win the series would be just brilliant. I will be King Khan!!”
Fighting talk indeed!