British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan announces retirement from professional boxing. Khan, now 35 years old announced his retirement in a Twitter message on Friday.
In his message, he expressed gratitude to fans, friends, and family for supporting him throughout his career spanning over 27 years. “It’s time to hang up my gloves,” said the boxer at the beginning of his tweet.
“I feel blessed to have had such an amazing 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,” said Amir Khan in the latter part of his tweet.
His retirement comes after he lost to bitter rival Kell Brook earlier this year. Boxer had returned to the ring for the first time since 2019 against Brook. His opponent outclassed him that raised questions over his future in boxing. He had returned to fight with Brook after seven years and months of rigorous training to settle his score with him. He put up a brave show but was comprehensively defeated by his opponent in the sixth round.
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. pic.twitter.com/VTk0oxVjp2
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 13, 2022
Amir Khan had a celebrated and immensely successful career. He shared the ring with the likes of Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford throughout his career.
Amir Khan had hinted at retirement shortly after his defeat. “I’ve had 40 fights, winning two world titles, fighting in America and around the world,” he said. “I need to sit down with my family. But it is more towards the end of my career. The boxer remarked that he had fallen out of love with the sport.
Amir Khan currently holds a record of 34 wins and 6 losses. He rose to fame after he won the silver medal at the age of 17 in the 2004 Olympics. His feat made him the youngest boxing Olympic medalist for Britain.