I'll make you a world champion! Khan wants to promote Britain's golden girl Adams
16:23 GMT, 10 August 2012
Amir Khan wants to take gold medallist Nicola Adams under his wing after promising to make her a world champion.
The Leeds fighter made history at the ExCel Arena on Thursday when she was crowned the first ever female winner at the Olympics.
A silver medallist at the Athens Games in 2004, Khan lead the plaudits for the 28-year-old flyweight champion after her emphatic 16-7 final victory over China's world No 1 Ren Cancan.
Gold rush: Amir Khan wants to take Olympic flyweight champion Nicola Adams under his wing
And after obtaining a promoter's licence, the former world champion is keen to recruit Adams as his first marquee signing and help play a huge role in shaping the future of professional women's boxing.
'I'm happy to take Nicola under my wing. I will make her a world champion and she will make a lot of money,' said Khan, speaking to Sportsmail at his charity Olympics celebration event at Frost of London.
'Not many people know this but I own a promotion licence and what I want to do is start promoting more for girls.
‘I want to get kids of the street and get them to try out boxing and also take boxing to schools.'
Just as he influenced a host of the current crop of our Olympic medal hopefuls, Khan now believes Adams is the new torchbearer for inspiring the next generation and expects a surge in female participation.
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Future plans: Khan believes Adams can inspire more women to take up boxing after her success
'I read in an article that I inspired her and that made me incredibly happy. But she's a great fighter herself and she showed that she's going to be doing what I did in Athens and inspiring millions of young girls to get into boxing – even the guys.
'She's the face of British boxing for women. We've not had anyone like her for a long, long time.
'She's done it the proper way, winning a gold medal.
'Before you know it they'll be more weight categories introduced because they'll be so many looking to compete.'
Khan is confident that Adams has also battered any stigma attached to women's boxing, arguing that she is proof that the sport belongs to both genders.
He added: 'We have a gym in Bolton that not many people know much about and we get around 400-500 kids coming in every week. Of those at least 100 are girls. There are so many coming down to the gym we've had to put on two classes just for women. It's brilliant and I think it's only going to get better.
Girl power: Adams stunned China's Ren Cancan (below) en route to winning her historic gold medal at the ExCel
'Maybe women didn't have the confidence before to get in the gym or never wanted the title to be a boxer. But I think now the way Nicola has proven everyone wrong and they'll be so many women taking part because it is a female sport too.'
Last month Khan suffered a shock defeat to Danny Garcia in Las Vegas to lose his WBA world light-welterweight title.
But true to his spirited character, he has refused to go into hiding and is plotting a return to the ring at the end of the year.
The Bolton fighter has been on the screens throughout the Games, watching most of the action from the Thames Docklands alongside a host of luminaries – including the Prime Minister David Cameron.
Khan kept an eye on Britain's three other leading medal contenders in action on Friday in middleweight Anthony Ogogo, super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua and welterweight Freddie Evans – all of whom he is keen to promote after the Games.
Bright future: Khan is also keen to promote bronze medal-winning middleweight star Anthony Ogogo
'I want to start looking at talent and promoting fighters,' he said. 'Maybe Anthony Ogogo, Anthony Joshua and Freddie Evans.
'I think I can do a great job doing that because I've had a great career so far. I know exactly what mistakes are made and what can be improved, like a lot of things I should never have done.
'To all the Olympians, the one thing I can say to them is I've been there and I know how to take them from being a star to a superstar. It's not only that but it's about making money because boxing is a business.
Looking ahead: Khan plans to return to the ring in December after a short break from boxing
'I know what it takes to help a girl like Nicola or all the British fighters or any professional to the top and keep them there. I've had a great relationship with all the belts and all the promoters. I've worked with most of the best promoters in the world.’
The future certainly looks bright for British boxing with Adams and co deservedly forging themselves as household names. And King Khan is determined to play his part to both in and outside the ring.
'I don't really need to go out and tell people what I can do for them because they should know that anyway,' he added. 'I don't think no other fighter has done what I've done.
'I can promise the fighters who want to come with me will be world champions quicker than any other.'
Amir Khan was in London to host a charity evening in aid of his Gloves Community Centre in Bolton.
The boxer was joined by friends at boutique jewellers Frost of London on New Bond Street.