Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing

Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing

Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing

Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing

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Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist who has become a unified world champion at light-welterweight, has announced the quit of his in-ring career.

Khan retires with an expert file of 34 wins from his 40 fights, his legacy as one of the maximum interesting and finest British boxers of his era secured a long time in the past.

The 35-yeas-old wrote in a brief statement on Twitter on Friday morning: “It’s time to hang up my gloves. I sense blessed to have had such an extremely good career that has spanned over 27 years.

“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.”

Khan ends a storied career, wherein he also challenged for international titles at welterweight and middleweight, on a dropping note after being stopped inside the 6th spherical of one-sided grudge combat by means of lengthy-time rival Kell Brook in Manchester in February. Brook announced his personal retirement closing weekend.

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There had been controversies along the way – Khan was convicted of several motoring offenses – however, he is one among a pick out few from these isles to truly ‘crack’ the USA and the son of Pakistan-born dad and mom did no longer shirk speaking about difficult topics consisting of racism and stimulated countless different British Asians.

He showed susceptibility, although, and a suspect chin was uncovered in arresting style in his nineteenth expert fight when he turned knocked out in 54 seconds via Breidis Prescott in September 2008, prompting Khan to move to us and team up with esteemed teacher Freddie Roach.

Three fights and 10 months later, Khan realized a youth ambition to turn out to be a world champion, aged 22, after outpointing WBA titlist Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester, a few miles far from which he was born and raised.

Khan thereafter set his sights on America and a victory over Marcos Maidana in December 2010 in a nail-biting epic endeared him to enthusiasts on both aspects of the Atlantic before he have become a unified champion at 140lbs the subsequent year through dethroning IBF champion Zab Judah with a vicious body shot to earn a 5th-spherical knockout win.

He surrendered his belts after a contentious factors defeat to Lamont Peterson, whose tremendous test for a banned substance within the lead-up to the rematch meant Khan changed into reinstated as WBA titlist.

It was a brief reign as he became savagely stopped with the aid of Danny Garcia in July 2012, knocked down 3 times inside 4 rounds, a defeat that marked the last time he got here to the hoop conserving a primary global name.

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He allotted with Roach and rebuilt underneath Virgil Hunter, who it was felt ought to enhance any shielding shortcomings, and Khan received his next five fights against former titlists or fringe contenders at welterweight despite the fact that he was not able to steer Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao right into a showdown.

Instead, Khan leaped two divisions to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May 2016 for the WBC middleweight title but the Mexican ended subjects clinically with a devastating one-punch 6th-round knockout.

His reputation, although, became unblemished as Khan became given a credit score for rolling the cube despite the fact that there has been a suspicion his enthusiasm for the game changed into waning by this degree. However, his appeal changed cemented with a look on the truth show ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2017.

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