Pakistani-British boxing star Amir Khan announced his engagement to 20-year-old Faryal Makhdoom earlier this month. And this past weekend the couple made the engagement official by exchanging rings in front of over a thousand friends and family members in Bolton, England. Khan and Makhdoom celebrated to the tune of a 150,000 pound gala event held at Reebok Stadium, home of the English Premier Leagueâ€™s Bolton Wanderers.
Their high profile friends included fellow boxer Ricky Hatton, who watched as Amir presented his wife-to-be with a Â£100,000 platinum ring encrusted with three staggering diamonds. In return, Faryal gave her beau with an equally stunning platinum ring. After the party Khan tweeted, â€œAmazing day, Iâ€™m so tired and my fiance faryal looked so beautiful and was very patient, everyone loved it, I love my ring faryal got me x (sic)â€
The happy couple posed for pictures as they were showered with rose petals after the ceremonial exchanging of rings. Faryal wore a deep red sari and elaborate jewels to complement her model-like good lucks. During a visit to her family in New York earlier this month, Amir gushed over his love, â€œA lot of girls back home have said to me, â€œYour girl is beautifulâ€ – and thatâ€™s great because people can be so jealous.â€
The student and her family jetted into the UK for the engagement celebrations and Faryal plans to move to Bolton following their wedding. But she has had to work on understanding her husband-to-beâ€™s thick accent.â€œI was used to London accents and thought thatâ€™s how everyone spoke in Britain,â€™ she told the Sun last week. But when Amir opened his mouth it was completely different. It was like he was speaking in a foreign tongue â€” so I just used to nod, agree with whatever he was talking about and say, â€˜Yeahâ€™. Heâ€™d say things like â€œdaftâ€ and â€œinnitâ€ and I had no idea what they meant. Heâ€™d say, â€œDonâ€™t be daft!â€ – and Iâ€™d be wondering what daft was supposed to be!â€
Amir shouldnâ€™t expect to see her beloved cheering ringside at any of his future matches. Faryal says she â€˜neverâ€™ wants to see her husband-to-be fight, and while he was losing to Lamont Peterson in December, she was back in the hotel room â€˜praying with his mother.â€™