Amir Khan has abandoned plans to move to London with his family after being robbed of his £ 72,000 luxury watch at gunpoint while out with his wife in the capital — as he launched a stinging attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan for failing to tackle violent crime and making the city ‘unliveable.’
The former world champion boxer, 35 had a gun thrust in his face as masked assailants stole his Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph watch on Monday night in East London before escaping while his distraught wife Faryal Makhdoom, 30 looked on.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Khan said: ‘My plan was to move to London later this year with Faryal and the kids but after what happened there’s no chance we’ll be doing that.
‘London is not a place I want to live in anymore. Our plan to move there is not happening. We’re going to stick with living in our home in Bolton and spending time in Dubai. ‘
The boxer added: ‘I’m not sure if I even want to return to London for the foreseeable future because of increasing crime, terrible traffic and it’s not safe. This is no place for me and my family. ‘
Turning his attention to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the boxer fumed: ‘Mayor Khan needs to pull his finger out and tackle the increasing levels of gun and knife crime. He’s making the city unliveable. You can not drive anywhere, traffic is horrendous and there’s no quality of life.
Amir Khan has hit out at Sadiq Khan after he was mugged for his £ 72k watch in London
The former world champion (pictured far left, with his wife while filming with Keith Lemon yesterday) told MailOnline that he is aware of the identity of the person he believes orchestrated the robbery and has informed the police
In a post to her Instagram account, Khan’s wife also said the watch was stolen and posted its serial number in a bid to try and ‘find out who’s done this’
‘It’s disgusting what’s happening in London and what happened to me. Sadiq Khan is doing a terrible job and this huge increase in gun and knife crime is happening under his watch. It’s absolutely disgraceful. ‘
Recalling the attack, Khan said that he was in genuine fear for his life and thought he was going to die.
He added: ‘You do not expect to be robbed at gun point, not in London. It breaks my heart to see what is happening in the city. People have been contacting me from all over the world to tell me that they do not feel safe visiting London anymore. Mayor Khan and the authorities really need to do something about this. ‘
Khan revealed that he was planning to move to London so that he could focus on his television work and a number of boxing ventures.
He was in the capital this week to attend a charity event, business meetings and after the robbery, he and Faryal were filming with comedian Keith Lemon for his TV shopping show.
Khan revealed that he and Faryal had been looking at purchasing a flat in central London as well as a family home in Surrey or Buckinghamshire, on the outskirts of the capital.
He added: ‘I was really close to buying a flat so that I would have a central London base and a family home close to the capital. I’m definitely not going ahead with either option.
‘I’m so glad that I did not buy a central London flat because this is a city that I do not want to spend a lot of time in anymore.’
In an Instagram post, under the title ‘footage of last night’s robbery’, Amir Khan’s wife, Faryal Makhdoomm shared the image of the two men getting out of a Mercedes moments before making a beeline towards her and her husband
In her post (pictured), the 30-year-old influencer, who was out for dinner with Khan at the time of the robbery, said: ‘Two men coming out of the car … they knew exactly what time we walked out .
Moments later the pair robbed the British former world champion boxer, 35, of his £ 72,000 Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph watch before speeding off. Pictured: The pair getting out of a Mercedes moments before the incident
Following the robbery, Khan has jetted off to his home in Dubai with Faryal to join their three children, two girls and a boy; Laaisah, 8; Alayna, 6 and Muhammad, 2.
The couple married in 2013 in a lavish ceremony in New York, where Faryal was born and raised.
Khan said: ‘Faryal and I just want to get away from England and go to a place where no one will be talking about the robbery.
‘I just want to hug my kids and spend some time with them in the sun. This whole thing has left us really shaken up because I could have been killed and so could have Faryal. ‘
Khan’s comments came as Faryal revealed she was left ‘just screaming’ after the ordeal – which she described as ‘so, so scary’ – telling MailOnline: ‘Amir really had to calm me down.’
She added: ‘To the selfish guys who pointed a gun at my husband’s head and risked everything, risked our lives all for a fricking watch, I say to you: Shame on you. How dare you pull that stunt on two parents all for a watch. ‘
In an Instagram post, Faryal shared a video of two hooded men getting out of a Mercedes before making a beeline towards her and her husband.
Moments later the pair robbed the boxer of his £ 72,000 diamond-encrusted watch before running off.
Khan revealed that he considered hitting his attacker and trying to disarm him but the thought of Faryal, who was standing a few steps back, and their three children prevented him from taking any action.
He said: ‘I could have easily hit him, and I did think about it for a brief moment. But then I knew Faryal was with me, and he could have killed her, never mind me.
‘It was all over very quickly. The attacker just shouted: ‘Give me your watch.’ I tried to remain calm, did not speak to him and just slipped it off my wrist and handed it over. ‘
Khan added: ‘100% this whole attack was premediated. I was specifically targeted, the robbers knew where I was and were alerted to this by somebody who knew my movements. ‘
The boxer revealed that the attack took place moments after he left the Sahara Grill in Leyton, where he had gone to break his Ramadan fast with Faryal, who described how two men jumped out of a Mercedes ‘the moment’ they left the restaurant.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 21:15 hrs on Monday, April 18 to High Road, Leyton.
‘A man aged in his 30s is alleged to have been approached by two males who threatened him with a firearm before stealing his watch and fleeing. There were no reports of any shots fired or any injuries.
‘Police responded and conducted an area search. At this very early stage there have been no arrests. An investigation has begun, and police are following a number of inquiries. ‘
A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: ‘The Mayor is appalled at what happened to Amir Khan and urges anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible. Overall, crime continues to fall in London, bucking the national trend, with knife crime with injury down by 12 per cent, gun crime down by 29 per cent and burglary down by 22 per cent since May 2016.
‘However there’s still a long way to go. Keeping people safe in London remains the Mayor’s number one priority and he is taking action by being both tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. He is investing record amounts in policing, has put 1,300 additional police officers on the streets, and is funding programs to provide positive opportunities and support for 100,000 young Londoners. ‘