LONDON: Legendary British and former world champion boxer Amir Khan announced his retirement from the sport on Friday.
Khan unified world titles at super-lightweight and faced pound-for-pound stars Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Terence Crawford during a 40-fight career. He ends his glittering career with 34 wins and six defeats.
In his last fight, the 35-year-old Briton suffered a stoppage loss to Kell Brook in February.
He said on Twitter: “It’s time to hang up my gloves. I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years. 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.”
Khan won an Olympic silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games before going pro in 2005. He 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.
His final bout was a sixth-round knockout loss against rival Kell Brook – who also retired last week.
“It’s time to hang up my gloves,” Khan posted on social media. “I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years.”
Khan finishes his career with 34 professional wins and six losses, having turned professional 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 burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old at the 2004 Olympics. He was the only boxing representative for Team GB at the Games.
A silver medal in Athens generated additional funding for Team GB and paved the way for future Olympic stars such as Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams.
It also thrust Khan into the limelight and his transition into professional boxing came amid huge fanfare.
He raced to 18 straight wins as a professional, with his lightning-fast hands despatching most opponents in exciting fashion.
After a surprise knockout loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008, Khan moved to the US and teamed up with renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
Just 10 months after his first career defeat, Khan realised his childhood dream by beating Andreas Kotelnik at Manchester Arena for the WBA light-welterweight title.