Amir Khan, a former world boxing champion, said the robbery of his expensive watch at gunpoint caused his life to “flash before his eyes.”
On April 18, 2014, when he and his wife Faryal Makhdoom, 31, exited the Sahara Grill restaurant in Leyton, east London, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist was attacked.
The custom-made Franck Muller watch, which is said to be worth $72,000 and is made of rose gold and diamonds, was stolen from the 36-year-old.
It was never found again.
The boxer from Bolton spoke candidly about the incident in an interview with The Sun on Sunday after a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
He said, “In that moment, you think the worst … that the kids could be growing up without their dad, that Faryal would be raising them on her own.”
“Your life flashes before your eyes. I leant my head to the right because I thought, if he is going to shoot me, he can shoot the side of my head. I don’t want to see the bullet coming.”
Mr. Khan claimed that he had been doing some shopping in Knightsbridge while his wife, an influencer, was participating in a photo shoot.
The pair then broke their Ramadan fast by having dinner with his friend Omar Khalid.
They had just exited the restaurant when the robbery took place and lasted only a few seconds.