Former world champion Amir Khan has announced his retirement, ending with a 40-fight record of 34 wins and six defeats following his huge British battle with long-term rival Kell Brook in Manchester in February
He’s shared the ring and taken on 15 current or former world champions, given his all and has never ducked any fighter. He retires as a true British boxing legend.
Amir Khan says the time was right to retire from boxing as his “love for the sport wasn’t there anymore”, adding his career has “been wonderful” in an exclusive with Sky Sports.
Khan unified world titles at super-lightweight and faced pound-for-pound stars Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Terence Crawford during a 40-fight career, featuring 34 wins and six defeats.
The Bolton fighter had launched his pro career in 2005 after winning an Olympic silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games.
Khan became a world champion in July 2009, defeating Andriy Kotelnik on points to secure the WBA super-lightweight title, and he then stopped Zab Judah to add the IBF belt two years later.
A hotly disputed points loss to Lamont Peterson ended Khan’s world title reign, and he was halted by Danny Garcia while attempting to win the WBC and WBA belts in his next fight.
Khan made an audacious move up to middleweight to challenge Canelo for the WBC belt, suffering a sixth-round knockout loss in May 2016 and was stopped by Crawford in the sixth round of their WBO title fight in April 2019.
He eventually shared the ring with Brook in February, embracing his rival in the ring after their feud was finally ended.