Former unified world champion Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing aged 35
Former Unified boxing champion, Amir Khan has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 35.
Khan, from Bolton, UK announced an end to a career in the sport having won an Olympic silver medal before turning professional and becoming unified world champion, establishing himself as one of the UK’s most exciting fighters.
Khan became a star in the UK after winning a silver medal at Athena 2004 at the age of 17.
A year later he turned professional and won his first world title after beating Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester at just 22.
Khan added the IBF title to his collection before facing defeat to Lamont Peterson.
He was later reinstated as champion after Peterson failed a drug tests but Khan suffered another setback following a devastating knockout defeat to Danny Garcia in 2011.
Khan then shifted focus to becoming a two-weight world champion, winning five fights in the welterweight divison before stepping up to challenge Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2016. He was knocked out in the sixth round.
In 2019 he came up short against Terence Crawford but lost terribly to Brook in February this year after being rivals for a decade
Khan ends his career with a record of 34 professional wins and six losses, since turning professional in 2005.
‘It’s time to hang up my gloves. I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years,’ he wrote on Twitter on Friday, May 13.
‘I want to say a heartfelt thanks and to the incredible teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me.’