Dorian “Lavish” Khan Jr. was born on November 2, 2002 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. before his parents permanently settled on Arizona as the perfect place to raise a family and nurture their 3 children. Growing up, Khan Jr. lived for boxing. From day 1, boxing provided a sense of fulfillment that no other sport could match. As a toddler, Khan Jr. laced up his first pair of gloves, a gift from his late grandmother for his second birthday. These gloves were the catalyst that spearheaded his passion for the sweet science.
Fighting for Khan Jr. was effortless; he turned anything in sight into a punching bag. No one in his family had taken up the sport prior, but his dad Dorian Sr. was an avid boxing fan who identified his son’s natural ability and made it his mission to help his son explore these new talents. At just 4 years old, Khan Jr. visited his first gym. The father-son duo began their journey in the sport together and this bond has stood the test of time as Dorian Sr. has taken on the role of head trainer and has guided his son’s career since. Within a few years’ time, Khan Jr. was fully devoted to the sport, spending countless hours in the gym and at home learning the art of boxing and further developing his skillset in preparation for the start of his amateur career. They would also take trips to Las Vegas to work with other coaches and fighters including the late great former two-time world champion and renowned trainer Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather in search of experiences that would enhance Khan Jr.’s skillset.
Khan Jr. participated in his first amateur match at age 8, the minimum age allowed for competition in the U.S. Not long after, it became apparent that he was levels above the rest, and easily climbed his way to the top of his division rankings. Throughout his amateur career Khan Jr. captured thirteen national championships, creating a gratifying resume that included wins at back-to-back Silver Golden Gloves National Championships, PAL National Championships, Title National Championship, and USA Boxing Western Qualifier Nationals. Khan Jr. also took advantage of a rare opportunity to compete in the Monkstown International Box Cup in Dublin, Ireland, where he received a silver medal. At the end of his time in the amateurs, Khan Jr. had notched 135 wins as a decorated amateur and was the number two ranked youth male at 123lbs.
One day while training at the Mayweather Boxing Club, Khan Jr. was offered an opportunity to spar with another fighter who was in town training with then two-division world champion and reigning WBA lightweight titlist Gervonta Davis ahead of his pay-per-view matchup with Leo Santa Cruz. Impressed by his performance in the ring, he was offered another opportunity to spar, this time with contender Ladarius Miller. Khan Jr. proved to everyone watching that he would be a good fit for the Mayweather Promotions stable. Now 18, Khan Jr. has set his sights on his impending professional debut after recently signing with Mayweather Promotions.
Khan Jr. has moved from his hometown of Buckeye, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada where he intends to focus on his craft. As he awaits the beginning of his professional journey in the sport, he spends most of his time in the gym, where you will find him training and sparring with Mayweather Promotions stablemates including interim WBA lightweight titlist Rolando Romero, Richardson Hitchins, Kevin Johnson, Juan Heraldez, and other professional boxers stopping by the gym.
Boxing has taught Khan Jr. patience, how to be smart, and it has made him a better person. His passion for the sport has also helped him stay positive, be humble, and has taught him that reaching the heights that you desire in life requires hard work and sacrifice. He knows that if he continues making smart decisions and follows his game plan, everything else will fall in line. Personal goals of Khan Jr include: making enough money to provide for his family and friends, opening multiple businesses, and making smart investments. Professionally, Khan Jr. hopes to win all the belts and become an undisputed world champion at featherweight before tackling the road to undisputed world champion status at super featherweight, and lightweight. Nothing comes easy or without sacrifice, but to Khan Jr. this is the epitome of success and he knows exactly what needs to be done to attain it. Stay on the lookout for the rise of this young prospect!