According to a statement from his US promoter, Britain’s Amir Khan, a talented world boxing champion on an eight-fight win streak, could also play an important role in combating anti-Muslim prejudice.
“He has the character and the background to unite the cultures very well,” said Golden Boy Promotions chief executive officer Richard Schaefer. “He has what it takes to be that ambassador, to unify countries and people.”
Having turned 25 years old on Thursday, Amir Khan has a staggering 18 knockouts and will defend his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation light-welterweight titles in Washington this Saturday 10th Dec, against the hometown hero Lamont Peterson.
And what does the potential ambassador have to say on the new role?
"I'm a normal guy. I'm going to stay away from politics," he said. "There is a lot of stuff happening in the Middle East and Pakistan, but I don't want to get into it too much... I like helping people, doing charitable work, making things better."
Indeed, Khan has given to charity, helping raise $125,000 for "Islam Help" in September to bring food, water and medicine to needy areas in drought-stricken East Africa.