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Amir Khan: The rising star of the ring

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Amir Khan began boxing when just 11 years old; now a world champion
  • Won a silver medal at Olympic Games in 2004 when just 17
  • Coached by Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach
  • Lives with family in hometown in England; enjoys being a British Muslim role model

Watch Revealed with Amir Khan on Wednesday, June 16 at 08.30 and 16.30 GMT; Saturday, June 19 at 08.30, 17.00 and 20.30 GMT; Sunday, June 20 at 05.00 and 17.30 GMT; Monday, June 20 at 03.00 GMT.

(CNN) -- Amir Khan is still only 23, but is quickly making a name for himself in world boxing.

An Olympic medal winner when he was just 17-years-old, Khan recently boxed his first bout in the U.S. defeating Pauli Malignaggi in New York in May, retaining his WBA World Light Welterweight belt.

As a young British Muslim of Pakistani heritage, Khan has also become something of a poster boy for multiculturalism in the UK.

While he enthusiastically embraces his task as a role model for young people, he is as dedicated to his craft as he is to his faith.

Video: Amir Khan, a British role model
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"I think having that religion and faith takes you to a different level, totally," he said.

"I love being a role model and being this young, British Muslim fighter. It's a good title for me."

His personal goal to becoming one of the greatest ever boxers is perhaps just as large as his task in dismissing negative stereotypes of Muslims.

"With the terrorist [attacks] since 9/11 the Muslims need people like me to say 'look we're not all like this' and there are a lot more good Muslims in the world than bad. That's what I like to promote."

Click through the photo gallery, above, to learn more about the rising star of the ring, and click here to read more from Amir about his life in the ring and in the spotlight.