Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing after Kell Brook defeat
Khan finally announced he would be hanging up his gloves after losing to bitter rival Kell Brook last year, having had a 27-year career at the top of the sport.
Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 35 after losing to bitter rival Kell Brook earlier this year.
The British star returned to the ring for the first time since 2019 in a hugely successful event against Brook in February. However, he was outclassed on the night by a scintillating display from his rival, which led to huge question marks over the future of his iron square career.
Now Khan has finally closed a chapter on his 27 years in the sport, tweeting: “It’s time to hang up the gloves. I feel blessed to have had such an incredible career that spanned 27 years. I wish to say a heartfelt thank you and to the amazing teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me.”
Khan has had a hugely successful career in the sport having shared the ring with Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford throughout his career. The British star has also reigned as the unified world light welterweight champion in addition to winning belts at Commonwealth and national level.
He recently announced his return to the ring against Brook, ending a roughly seven-year wait to finally settle his rivalry with Brook, both claiming to be the best welterweight in the world. However, after months of grueling training, Khan saw himself completely dismantled by Brook and was stopped in the sixth round despite a brave performance.
Khan had hinted at retirement shortly after the loss, admitting he had fallen in love with the sport. “I had 40 fights, won two world titles, fought in America and around the world,” he said. “I need to sit down with my family. But it’s more towards the end of my career.
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“The love for the sport is gone. In the ring I had no excitement and that push. Maybe that’s a sign I should call it a day but let’s see. It was the best man tonight. I had a really good training camp, but I just couldn’t make it.
Khan began his career with an Olympic silver medal at the Athens Games in 2004, before turning professional a year later. The former world champion ends his career in the professional ranks with a record of 34 wins and six losses.
He has lit up the ring with his super fast hands and nimble frame throughout his career, while amassing a huge fan base across the world and in his home town of Bolton. He burst onto the scene as a professional beating several domestic rivals before having to bounce back from his first loss to Breidis Prescott.
He went on to become world champion aged 22 on a historic night in Manchester, with Khan now following rival Brook into retirement after their battle earlier this year.