October 5, 2022

Amir Khan publicizes his retirement from skilled boxing at 35 following a glittering 17-year profession that noticed him topped unified super-lightweight world champion.

The choice comes after Khan was crushed by his long-time rival Kell Brook, who additionally subsequently retired, on the Manchester Enviornment earlier this yr.

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Khan was outclassed by Brook and ultimately stopped within the sixth spherical

In an Instagram put up on Friday morning, Khan stated, “It’s time to hold up my gloves.

“I really feel blessed to have had such a tremendous profession that has spanned over 27 years In a sport that I really like with a ardour.  

“From the younger 17-year-old previous Bolton lad reaching his dream of profitable an Olympic medal for his nation and changing into a two-time world boxing champion. 

“Boxing has made me and has given me a platform which I’ve proudly used to to assist and encourage others.

“I need to say a heartfelt thanks and to the unbelievable groups I’ve labored with and to my household, associates and followers for the love and assist they’ve proven me.”

Khan burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old on the 2004 Athens Olympics the place he received a silver medal changing into Britain’s youngest boxing Olympic medallist.


Khan won gold at the Junior Olympic Games followed by silver a year later at Athens 2004

Khan received gold on the Junior Olympic Video games adopted by silver a yr later at Athens 2004

After making his skilled debut in 2005, Khan rapidly grew to become a fan favorite resulting from his dazzling hand pace and he remained unbeaten for his first 18 fights.

This was till he got here up in opposition to Breidis Prescott, who many anticipated him to breeze previous, however his defensively reckless type, which might go on to trigger him issues quite a lot of occasions all through his profession, was uncovered and he was knocked out within the first spherical to undergo his first loss.

Ever the competitor, Khan bounced again rapidly and fewer than a yr later he received the WBA tremendous light-weight world title, beating Andriy Kotelnik by unanimous determination.

Khan would go on to defend the title 5 occasions, which included victories over Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Sq. Gardens, knocking out Zab Judah in a world title unification and beating Marcos Maidana in a bout that was awarded ‘Combat of the 12 months’ by the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America.

Khan knocked Maidana down in round one and went on to win by unanimous decision

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Khan knocked Maidana down in spherical one and went on to win by unanimous determination

In 2011 Khan put his unified IBF and WBA titles on the road in opposition to Lamont Peterson, however misplaced by break up determination and from that time onwards he skilled combined fortunes for the rest of his profession.

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He was knocked out by Danny Garcia in 2012, earlier than having fun with a profitable transfer as much as welterweight, beating two former world champions in Devon Alexander and Chris Algieri.

Khan was not one to again down from a problem and in 2016, he made essentially the most formidable transfer of his profession, taking over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at a catchweight of 155 lbs.

‘King Khan’ suffered a devastating one-punch knockout and he was by no means fairly the identical afterwards.

Khan had no answer for Canelo’s power, as he was brutally knocked out

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Khan had no reply for Canelo’s energy, as he was brutally knocked out

In 2018, Khan tried a comeback, nevertheless it was clear he now had vulnerabilities that would now not be carried by his spectacular attacking arsenal.

Losses in opposition to Terence Crawford and Kell Brook marked the top of the street for Khan, who appears to have made the precise determination to enter retirement along with his well being and legacy nonetheless intact.

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