Amir Khan: Former World Boxing Champion Announces His Retirement
According to the recent news floating around the internet, we came to know that Amir Khan, at the age of 35 has declared his departure from professional boxing, three months after losing to Kell Brook in a 149-pound catchweight bout at Manchester’s AO Arena. Amir posted on his official Twitter account about the announcement of the end of his 27-year boxing career. He is a former unified light-welterweight champion and silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics who has opted to retire with a record of 34-6 after losing his past three fights.
He wrote on Twitter that the time has come for him to hang up his gloves. He considers himself fortunate to have had such a successful career spanning 27 years. He also expresses his appreciation to his team, family, friends, and fans for their love and support. Amir’s final bout took place at the same arena where he initially won a world title in 2009. Khan’s first boxing battle since July 2019 took place on Saturday. Coming to his journey in the sport, this is what we know. Amir began boxing competitively at the age of 11 and went on to win three English school titles, three junior ABA titles, and gold in the 2003 Junior Olympics.
At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he won a silver medal in the Lightweight division after defeating Marios Kaperonis, Dimitar Shtilianov, Jong Sub Baik, and Serik Yeleuov before losing to Mario Kindelán in the final. Amir’s professional career began in 2005 with a fight against David Bailey.
He defeated Andriy Kotelnik in July 2009 to become the WBA super-lightweight champion, and he stopped Zab Judah two years later to add the IBF championship to his collection. His world title reign came to an end when he was defeated by Danny Garcia in a battle for the WBC and WBA crowns. In 2016, Amir also held the WBC Silver welterweight belt and challenged current WBC and Ring middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez for the WBC and Ring middleweight titles. Finally, Amir Khan states that he wants to relax with his family and spend quality time with them, but that this will be closer to the end of his career.