Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing aged 35 following defeat to rival Kell Brook


‘It’s time to hang up my gloves’: Amir Khan confirms his RETIREMENT from boxing at the age of 35 after suffering defeat in his final match to long-term rival Kell Brook in February

  • Amir Khan has confirmed his retirement from boxing at the age of 35 on Friday
  • He said it was time to ‘hang up the gloves’ in a statement on social media
  • Khan suffered a defeat to his long-term rival Kell Brook in his last in-ring bout
  • He now follows Brook into retirement, after focusing on boxing for 27 years 

Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 35, three months after suffering a defeat to his bitter rival Kell Brook. 

The former unified light-welterweight champion and 2004 Athens Olympics silver medalist, steps out of the sport with a record of 34-6, in which he has lost three of his last six bouts.

During his career he fought against the likes of Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana Carlos Molina and Devon Alexander.

Former world champion Amir Khan has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 35

In a message on his Twitter account he wrote: ‘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’s in-ring activity had been very limited in recent years, with his fight against Brook in February, the first match he has had since beating Billy Dib in July 2019. 

The Bolton-born fighter was stopped by Brook in the sixth round of their much anticipated grudge match.

He now follows Brook into retirement, after the 36-year-old confirmed his own plans last week – leaving the sport with a record of 40-3. 

Khan had hinted at retirement after the fight, though it has taken until now for him to officially confirm his exit from the ring.   

After his defeat to Brook, he said: ‘I need to sit down with my family but it is more towards the end of my career. The love of the sport isn’t there any more. That is a sign for me that I should maybe be calling it a day.’

Khan suffered defeat to long term rival Kell Brook in his final bout back in February this year

Khan suffered defeat to long term rival Kell Brook in his final bout back in February this year

Khan then doubled down on his claim while speaking at the post-fight press conference. ‘I’ve done more than I ever imagined… I’m an old man now,’ he said. ‘I want to spend time with my kids.

‘People talk about Benn-Eubank, Froch-Groves, this is one of those fights they’ll remember. I’ve made tonnes of money, but there was this thing missing – that legacy fight.’



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