Amir Khan has announced the end of his boxing career as the former world champion admits “it’s time to hang up the gloves” after his loss to Kell Brook.
The 35-year-old former world champion, who suffered a stoppage loss to Brook in February, confirmed his retirement in a social media post.
He said on Twitter: “It’s time to hang up my gloves. I feel lucky to have had such an amazing career that spanned 27 years. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and to the amazing teams with whom I have worked and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me.”
Khan unified world titles at welterweight and faced pound-for-pound stars Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Terence Crawford in a 40-fight career, with 34 wins and six losses.
The Bolton fighter launched his professional career in 2005 after winning an Olympic silver medal at the Athens Games in 2004.
Khan became world champion in July 2009, beating Andriy Kotelnik on points to secure the WBA light welterweight title, then stopping Zab Judah to add the IBF belt two years later.
A hotly contested points loss to Lamont Peterson ended Khan’s world title reign, and he was stopped by Danny Garcia as he tried to win the WBC and WBA belts in his next fight.
Khan took a bold step up to middleweight to challenge Canelo for the WBC belt, suffering a sixth-round knockout loss in May 2016 and was stopped by Crawford in the sixth round of their WBO title fight in April 2019.
He finally shared the ring with Brook in February, kissing his rival in the ring after their feud ended.
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