BOLTON - British boxer of Pakistani origin, Amir Khan, has been arrested after allegedly beating two teenagers in a street fight.

According to British media reports, the 27-year-old former world champion and Olympic silver medalist was arrested in the early hours of this morning after an incident in Russell Street, Heaton, as his alleged victims were returning from a nearby mosque. Police said the two men were hurt but not seriously injured in the incident.

One of the reports quoted an eyewitness as saying that the alleged attack happened after Amir pulled up alongside the group of men in a Mercedes C Class in front of Velden Engineering. One of the alleged victims is believed to have suffered an injury on his cheek and the other on his leg. The men were known to Amir, the report further added.

According to eyewitnesses the fight started after a member of the group was accused of 'giving cheek' to one of Khan's friends. Another man claimed that: “Amir was saying don’t you know who I am, I am AK. We have always looked up to him as a role model with him being a Muslim and successful. It is going to cause tension in the community. He is a world champion, an adult, the people involved are aged 19.'”

A spokesman from Tangerine PR, which represents the Olympic silver medallist, told the newspaper: “Amir Khan was arrested on suspicion of common assault in the early hours of Friday July 4.

“Amir has since been released without charge on bail pending further enquiries. At the stage we are unable to comment further on this matter.”