Amir Khan has posted a heavyhearted message revealing his mother has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer even as fans have intensified prayers for her
The 34-year-old gave a defiant update, insisting she was “feeling a lot better”.
Fans and boxers alike have posted their condolences as support streamed in after he asked for people to send their prayers.
Pancreatic cancer is a cancer that originates in the pancreas, near the stomach and can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
“My dear mum has been diagnosed with pancreas cancer,” Khan said on social media site Twitter.
“Today she’s feeling a lot better and stronger. Please keep her in your prayers.”
Messages have been pouring in from far and near including one sent by British boxer, including from fellow sportsmen Adam McKola and Tony Jeffries.
Mixed martial arts star Gurdarshan Mangat also got in touch, saying: “Ur family is in my prayers my brotha! Nothing but love and strength to ur warrior mother.”
Fans were quick to send their support, with one saying: “Sorry to hear this Amir! I’m sure she’s strong, will face it head on and defeat this horrible disease.”
Another wrote: “May Allah give her speedy recovery n being a son now its time to take care of her well, She is precious n must be taken care well thnx.’
And a third replied: “Oh I’m so sorry to hearing this @amirkingkhan hoping she will make a recovery x.”
Born in Bolton, Khan’s mother Falak and his father Shah helped raise the future unified light-welterweight world champion along with his three siblings.
Khan exploded onto the scene during the 2004 Olympics, where at the age of 17 he became Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medallist.