Boxer Amir Khan robbed at gunpoint in east London for £71,000 watch


Oxer Amir Khan has revealed he had his £71,000 watch stolen at gunpoint outside an east London restaurant on Monday night.

Two suspects ran towards the former world boxing champion in the street and one pointed a gun at his face before snatching the diamond-encrusted Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph watch.

Police arrived and searched the area, but the men had fled in a getaway car along High Road, Leyton at around 9.15pm.

Khan, 35, told fans he and his wife Faryal Makhdoom, 30, were safe after the ordeal. She then shared photos of the watch, including its serial number.


He tweeted: ‘Just had my watch taken out at gunpoint in East London, Leyton.

“I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was a few steps behind me. Two men ran towards me, he asked for my watch while having a gun pointed at my face.

“The main thing is that we are both safe.”

The couple were at the end of a night out and were ambushed outside the Sahara Grill restaurant.

An eyewitness told the Sun Khan he was “absolutely terrified”, adding of the attackers: “They weren’t hanging around. They got straight into the car and drove away.

“Amir had spent a lovely evening with his wife and had gone shopping earlier in the day.

“It raises real fears that he was a deliberate target. This is extremely serious.

Hours earlier, Olympic medalist Khan shared photos on Instagram of himself shopping with a friend in Oxford Street wearing the flashy rose gold watch, which is studded with 719 diamonds.

The star also wore the watch to a charity evening for her foundation at Grosvenor House in Park Lane on Friday.

Bolton-born Faryal and Khan have been married since 2013 and have three children – Muhammad Zaviyar, two, Alayna, three and Lamaisah, seven.

In 2012, Khan had to fight off 20 crowbar-wielding thugs trying to steal his £100,000 Range Rover in Birmingham.

Khan, the former WBA and IBF light welterweight champion, was beaten by fellow Briton Kell Brook via sixth-round stoppage in Manchester in February.

It was the sixth loss of a professional career with 34 wins, 21 by knockout.

Scotland Yard said: ‘Police were called at 9.15pm on Monday April 18 to High Road, Leyton.

“A man in his thirties was reportedly approached by two men who threatened him with a gun before stealing his watch and fleeing.

“There were no reports of gunshots or injuries.

“The police responded and carried out an area search.

“At this very early stage, there have been no arrests.

“An investigation has been opened and the police are following up on a number of inquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting CAD 6753/18 Apr or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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