Amir Khan: Former Olympic silver medallist proclaims retirement from boxing after 27 years within the ring
British boxing legend Amir Khan has introduced the top of his profession within the ring.
The 35-year-old’s legacy consists of successful a silver medal on the 2004 Olympics and turning into a unified world champion at light-welterweight.
He additionally challenged for world titles at welterweight and middleweight however was stopped within the sixth spherical of his final combat towards long-time rival Kell Brook in Manchester in February.
Brook introduced his personal retirement from the game final weekend.
Khan made the announcement in a brief assertion on Twitter this morning as he mentioned: “It is time to dangle up my gloves.
“I really feel blessed to have had such an incredible profession that has spanned over 27 years.
“I need to say a heartfelt thanks and to the unimaginable groups I’ve labored with and to my household, mates and followers for the love and assist they’ve proven me.”
Over his 40-fight skilled profession, the Bolton boxer gained 34 bouts and misplaced six.
Khan first rose to prominence as a fresh-faced 17-year-old on the 2004 Olympics, the place he misplaced to Mario Kindelan of their light-weight remaining in Athens.
However getting the silver meant he grew to become the UK’s youngest boxing medallist at a video games.
He gained revenge over the Cuban in his final newbie bout, which was watched by thousands and thousands on ITV.
‘I by no means need boxing to retire me’
Khan grew to become a world champion in July 2009, defeating Andriy Kotelnik on factors to safe the WBA super-lightweight title, and he then stopped Zab Judah so as to add the IBF belt two years later.
A disputed factors loss to Lamont Peterson ended Khan’s world title reign, and he was halted by Danny Garcia whereas making an attempt to win the WBC and WBA belts in his subsequent combat.
Khan moved as much as middleweight to problem Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez for the WBC belt, struggling a sixth-round knockout loss in Might 2016 and was stopped by Terence Crawford within the sixth spherical of their WBO title combat in April 2019.
He finally shared the ring with Sheffield fighter Brook this yr, embracing his rival within the ring after their feud was lastly ended.
Nonetheless, Khan mentioned retirement was “one thing to consider, undoubtedly” within the speedy aftermath of the defeat, including: “I by no means need boxing to retire me, I need to retire from boxing.”
Khan gained a brand new fan base exterior the sporting world following an look on actuality present ‘I am a Superstar…Get Me Out of Right here!’ in 2017.