Hero boxer Amir Khan has thrilled sport students at Bolton College, paying a surprise ringside visit to one of their training sessions.
The former world champion and Olympic silver medallist took questions and gave career tips, even spending time in the ring with the shocked budding boxers.
Luke Wilkinson, 18, was one of the overjoyed students who took part in the session at the college.
“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet Amir Khan and ask for his tips on how to get to the top,” he said.
“As a lad from Bolton, who has become such a successful sportsman, Amir is a great inspiration to us.”
With aspirations to compete at the highest level of boxing themselves, the burgeoning fighters relished the chance to meet and question their local hero.
The young boxers – studying Advanced Apprenticeships in Sporting Excellence – grilled Khan on his glittering career, with the light welterweight also dishing out helpful advice.
Khan has close links to Bolton College, with community boxing gym Gloves – of which he is a patron – co-running the college’s Boxing Academy.
KNOCKOUT: Students delighted by 'local hero' Amir Khan's appearance
Bolton College itself is the North West Centre of Excellence for Boxing, with all learners being earmarked by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) as elite boxers of the future.
Ben Blocksidge, curriculum leader of sport and public services at Bolton College, was delighted with Khan’s unexpected appearance.
“It was fantastic to see the students so encouraged by someone who is both a local hero and a worldwide champion,” he said.
“The boxing academy is an example of a true sporting legacy, and Amir is an inspiration to others who are looking to follow in his footsteps.”
Khan returns to the ring himself next month, in a non-title light welterweight bout with Mexican-American Carlos Molina.
The fight will take place on December 15 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, with Khan looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.
He lost his WBA Super Light Welterweight title against USA’s Danny Garcia in July, whilst he also surrendered his IBF Light Welterweight title to Lamont Peterson last December.