‘Time to hang up my gloves’: Amir Khan retires from boxing
- Olympic silver medallist became unified world champion in 2011
- 35-year-old bows out with 34 wins from 40 fights
Amir Khan, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist who became a unified world champion at light-welterweight, has announced the end of his in-ring career. Khan retires with a professional record of 34 wins from his 40 fights, his legacy as one of the most entertaining and finest British boxers of his era secured a long time ago.
Khan, who turned professional after winning his Olympic medal at 17, won the WBA light-welterweight belt from the Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnyk in 2009 and added the IBF title in 2011 when he beat the American Zab Judah.
The 35-year-old wrote in a short statement on Twitter on Friday morning: “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 ends a storied career, in which he also challenged for world titles at welterweight and middleweight, on a losing note after being stopped in the sixth round of a one-sided grudge fight by his long-time rival Kell Brook in Manchester in February. Brook announced his own retirement last weekend.