Amir Khan announces retirement from boxing after Kell Brook defeat

Khan has finally announced he will be hanging up his gloves after losing to bitter rival Kell Brook last year after ending a 27-year career at the top of the sport

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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 by a scintillating performance from his rival that night, leaving big question marks over the future of his ironclad career.

Now, Khan has finally closed a chapter in his 27 years in the sport, tweeting: “It’s time to hang up my gloves. I feel blessed to have such an amazing career spanning 27 years. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the incredible teams I’ve worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they’ve shown me.”

Khan has had a hugely successful career in the sport, having shared the ring with the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford throughout his career. The British star also reigned as unified world light welterweight champion, in addition to winning belts at the Commonwealth and national levels.

He recently announced his return to the ring against Brook, ending a wait of around seven years to finally settle his rivalry with Brook as both claimed to be the world’s best welterweights. But after months of grueling training, Khan found himself thoroughly betrayed by Brook and, despite a brave performance, was stopped on the sixth lap.

Khan had hinted at a retirement shortly after the defeat, admitting he had fallen out of love with the sport. “I’ve 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 that’s towards the end of my career.

“The love of the sport is gone. In the ring I didn’t have that excitement and that boost. That’s maybe a sign I should call it a day, but let’s see. He was the best man tonight. I had a great, great training camp, but I just couldn’t get going.

Khan began his career with an Olympic silver medal at the Athens 2004 games before turning professional a year later. The former world champion ends his time in the pro ranks with a record of 34 wins and six losses.

Throughout his career he has lit up the ring with his super quick hands and agile body and has garnered a huge following around the world and in his hometown of Bolton. He burst onto the scene as a pro, beating several domestic rivals before recovering from his first loss to Breidis Prescott.

He later became world champion at the age of 22 on a historic night in Manchester and Khan now follows his rival Brook into retirement after their fight earlier this year.

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