Indian boxer who fought Muhammad Ali can't pay bills, SRK helps out

'Sportspersons bring pride to a country and it is our duty to look after them as a society,' said Shah Rukh. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 17, 2017, 01.26 PM (IST)

Kaur Singh -- one-time national boxing champion and the only Indian pugilist to have stepped into the ring with Muhammad Ali -- had been struggling to pay his bills.

So, Shah Rukh Khan stepped in. 

Kaur had needed Rs 2 lakh to fund his cardiac treatment, media reports said. 

Distressed by the news when he heard it, SRK offered him Rs 5 lakh.

The money was routed through Shah Rukh's Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR's) team.

"Sportspersons bring pride to a country and it is our duty to look after them as a society. After reading about Kaur Singh, we as a sporting unit felt the need to stand by our fellow sportsman and urge everyone else to do the same in their own way. We wish Kaur Singh a speedy recovery and a healthy life," SRK said.

Kaur had taken a Rs 2 lakh loan from a financier, and was unable to repay it. 

But help came his way when the media reported his story. 

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted that he has cleared a Rs 2 lakh grant to the boxer and wished him a speedy recovery. 

Later, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore also sanctioned Rs 5 lakh to help Kaur pay his medical bills.

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) too chipped in with assistance of Rs 1 lakh. 

Kaur won gold at the 1982 Asian Games, got the Arjuna Award in 1982, and the Padmashri in 1983.  

He hung up his gloves after representing India at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where he won two bouts.

On January 27, 1980, Kaur boxed against Ali at an exhibition bout in Delhi.