Former unified world boxing champion, Khan retires

Former unified world boxing champion, Khan retires

After a 17-year professional career, former world champion Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing.

The 35-year-old Briton is a former unified light-welterweight world champion who competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics and won silver.

His final fight was a knockout loss in the sixth round to rival Kell Brook, who also retired last week.

Khan wrote on social media, “It’s time to hang up my gloves.” “I consider myself fortunate to have had such a wonderful career spanning 27 years.”

Khan finished his professional career with 34 victories and six losses after becoming pro in 2005.

“I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the incredible teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me,” he added.

Khan made his mark at the 2004 Olympics as a 17-year-old. He was Team GB’s only boxing representative at the Games.

A silver medal in Athens helped Team GB raise funds and opened the path for future Olympic stars like Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams.

Khan was thrown into the spotlight as a result, and his switch into professional boxing was met with great excitement.

As a professional, he won 18 straight games, with his lightning-fast hands dispatching most opponents in thrilling ways.

Khan relocated to the United States after a shocking knockout loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008. He linked up with renowned trainer Freddie Roach.