Former world boxing champion Amir Khan has left locals in Bolton livid after constructing a lavish £11.5million marriage ceremony venue within the city.
The luxurious complicated – which is known as ‘The Balmayna’ – has eye-catching options with glass partitions, a waterfall and palm timber inside – together with spectacular greenery and a floral design.
The Balmayna, which interprets to ‘enamelled’ in Arabic, is about to open in March, with its web site promising a ‘royalty expertise’ and ‘a contact of magnificence and excellence in each celebration’.
Khan – who reigned as super-lightweight boxing world champion between 2009 and 2011 – hung up his gloves after a knockout defeat to bitter rival Kell Brook in 2022 and has since been turning his attentions to life outdoors the ring.
Now 37, Khan – who’s married to mannequin Faryal Makhdoom – is lastly on the point of unveil his marriage ceremony venue that he has been planning since 2013, however the location of the positioning might trigger a stir as it’s state of affairs throughout the highway from a automotive wash and a storage.
Amir Khan – who’s married to mannequin Faryal Makhdoom (L) has constructed an £11.5m marriage ceremony venue in Bolton that ‘seems to be prefer it belongs in Dubai’
Locals have reportedly been infuriated with the positioning positioned subsequent to a automotive wash and storage. The luxurious complicated comes full with glass partitions, a waterfall and palm timber
After saying that the venue was taking bookings, the Balmayna’s Instagram web page wrote: ‘With immense pleasure, the wait is almost over! We’ll quickly unveil the grand opening of@thebalmayna, Bolton’s latest marriage ceremony haven. A splendid venture between Excellency Midlands and Amir Khan, the place class seamlessly meets excellence.’
However those that stay within the space are removed from pleased with the design, in line with The Solar. One particular person mentioned it seems to be prefer it ‘belongs in Dubai’ on social media, whereas one other wrote on social media: ‘Significantly? Could not give you one thing authentic? The design is about 10 years old-fashioned.’
One took problem with the venue describing itself as ‘presitigious’, writing: ‘Please clarify what you imply by prestigious right here… That requires critiques, suggestions and a level of longevity / historical past.’
Work on the positioning has taken far longer than anticipated, with Khan talking about his plans to ‘make Bolton higher’ by constructing the power greater than a decade in the past.
Khan has been planning to construct the venue since 2013 in a bid to ‘make Bolton higher’
The constructing is seen from the surface, with its presence infuriating locals
The constructing, which is about to open in March, is seen from the again subsequent to a carpark
‘We have all the time had the ambition to have one thing like this in Bolton but it surely was about getting the house and the realm proper,’ he mentioned in 2013.
‘We wish to make the city higher, we wish to get folks speaking about it and coming into Bolton to do their enterprise work right here.
‘Hopefully folks can comply with in our footsteps and begin constructing extra and investing into Bolton.
‘It will present jobs and might be actually good for the city. I am placing the cash again into Bolton and giving one thing to the group.
‘Lots of people exit of city for meals, to Manchester or wherever however why, after we’ve bought Bolton right here and the city deserves 100 per cent to have the most effective amenities.’
Khan retired in 2022 after his knockout defeat to rival Kell Brook earlier than failing a medication check
Khan was banned from all sport for 2 years after an unbiased panel dominated he had dedicated a violation however had not achieved so deliberately
Khan’s private life has typically made its manner into the headlines outdoors of boxing, in addition to a handful of controversies.
He married Makhdoom in 2013, with the pair having two daughters collectively, earlier than saying their separation in 2017. In the identical 12 months, he accused heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua of getting an affair together with his spouse.
He has since reconciled with Makhdoom and starred in a BBC TV sequence together with her referred to as ‘Meet the Khans’.
Final 12 months, Khan failed a medication check following his combat with Brook after a banned bodybuilding substance referred to as ostarine was present in his system.
Khan – who was banned from all sport for 2 years – bizarrely claimed his optimistic check might have been from ‘shaking folks’s palms’ and pleaded his innocence, claiming he ‘by no means had or by no means will cheat’.
Khan, chatting with Sportsmail, mentioned: ‘I’ve by no means cheated in my 27 years within the ring.
‘I spent over £100,000 to attempt to learn how this might have gotten into my system. Among the many potentialities they got here up with was through a handshake. There was a complete crowd of individuals in my dressing room after the combat and I am a pleasant man who all the time shakes palms.’