LONDON: British Pakistani boxing star Amir Khan is all set to get engaged with the American Pakistani student Faryal Makhdoom when he gives her the £100,000 three diamond rings on 29th January.
According to The Sun newspaper, the second generation Pakistanis will be swapping the rings in front of 1,000 people at a lavish £150,000 engagement party at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium where rich footballers such as Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Ricky Hatton, David Haye are just some of people on the guest list.
The love struck couple have strong traditional values, as Faryal, 20, said:” I’m very family oriented even though I was born and raised in New York but my grandparents are in Pakistan – and a lot of my dad’s family are there.”
“My parents are already treating Amir like a son,” she added and that was quite apparent when the bride-to-be’s father, Shaukat, and mum Zia gave the couple a BMW 750Li as a gift when the engagement was announced.
The pretty and petite Faryal – just 5ft 3in – has been bowled over by messages of support from Amir’s army of fans. “I get a lot of messages from Amir’s fans and quite a few say I look like Kate Middleton. That’s so nice because so many people admire her and I think she’s very stylish – so the comparison is really very flattering for me.”
Husband-to-be Amir rushed to praise her too, in an interview with The Sun newspaper, adding: “A lot of girls have said to me, ‘Your girl is beautiful’ – and that’s great because people can be so jealous. But Faryal is so humble. Anybody who meets her is going to fall in love with her. She’s got no edge, she’s just a terrific person.”
Faryal will be flying to England on Friday for their engagement party and spend a week here where Amir will be taking her out to show her around Bolton.
“I’m going to introduce her to a pasty barm, fish and chips – maybe even an ice cream if she’s lucky!” Amir said jokingly. “I might also try to squeeze in a Bolton match just so that she cans see the venue before the big day – and make sure she likes it.”
Faryal revealed how their relationship was almost teetering on the edges initially as she had a lot of trouble understanding Amir’s broad Bolton accent.
“In the beginning I really couldn’t understand him. I was used to London accents and thought that’s how everyone spoke in Britain. But when Amir opened his mouth it was as if he was speaking a foreign tongue – so I just used to nod, agree with whatever he was talking about and say, ‘Yeah’.
“He’d say things like ‘daft’ and ‘innit’ and I had no idea what they meant. He’d say, ‘Don’t be daft!’ – and I’d be wondering what ‘daft’ was supposed to be!” But she broke down the language barrier when she visited Amir’s family at their home in Bolton and spent five days meeting his nieces, nephews and cousins. Speaking of the future Amir said: “I know New York is an amazing city but our future lies in Bolton – she can’t wait to live there!”