Amir Khan: Former unified world champion and Olympic medalist retires
Former world champion Amir Khan has announced he will retire from boxing after 17 years in the ring.
The 35-year-old Briton was a combined heavyweight champion and silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
His last game was a knockout in the sixth round against Kyle Brock, who retired last week.
“It’s time to put off the gloves,” Khan wrote on his social media account. “I’m lucky I have an amazing career that lasts 27 years.”
Khan ended his career with 34 wins and six losses after becoming a pro in 2005.
From Olympic silver to world-title glory
Khan competed in the 2004 Olympics at the age of 17. He was the only Boxing representative of Team GB to compete.
The silver medal in Athens brought additional income to the British team and paved the way for future Olympic stars like Anthony Joshua and Nicolas Adams.
Khan was also in the spotlight with his move to professional boxing to great fanfare.
Competing for up to 18 consecutive wins as a pro, his exploding hand excited most of his opponents.
After a shocking KO loss to Breidis Prescott in 2008, Khan moved to the United States and worked with famed coach Freddie Roach.
Just 10 months after suffering the first loss of his career, Khan fulfilled his childhood dream when he defeated Andreas Kotelnik at the Manchester Arena for a medium-weight IBF title.
Khan spoke openly about his desire to “smash America,” and he carried out a mission. As the pioneer of the Las Vegas Strip Plaza, he has become an international star.
His victory over Zab Judah in 2011 earned him a FIFA belt and an overall title. His career also boasts impressive victories over Marcus Madonna, Devin Alexander and Luis Collazo, all of whom have strengthened his status as a British marvel.
However, his career has not encountered any setbacks. Danny Garcia and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez knock out Lemont Peterson and current star Trans G. Trans Crawford.
While these failures have left their mark on his past, Khan is often praised for his willingness to take the best and never return.