Amir Khan Officially Retires from Boxing
Former unified junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (34-6, 21KOs) has finally announced his retirement from the ring. This decision was inevitable after he lost to arch-nemesis Kell Brook. Khan hinted that this was probably going to be the last time we see him in the ring.
A LOOK BACK AT HIS CAREER
Khan came out of the amateur circuit with an impressive resume. He won a gold medal at the Junior Olympics in 2003 and took silver at the Olympic games in 2004. Khan had good boxing skills, quick hands, and an outgoing personality that quickly gained the British boxing fans’ attention.
After competing in the domestic circuit, Khan would suffer his first career defeat to Breidis Prescott in 2008. However, he bounced back in 2009, winning the WBA championship against Andriy Kotelnik.
Khan went on to have five successful title defenses, including becoming a unified champion after taking the IBF title off of Zab Judah in 2011. But, he lost the unified titles in a controversial split decision to Lamont Peterson, and came up short against unified champion Danny Garcia in 2012.
King Khan would get more chances at winning a championship. However, he was stopped by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the WBC middleweight crown and by WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford. To date, Amir khan has solid wins on his resume over world champions Marcos Maidana, Paul Malignaggi, Chris Algieri, and Devon Alexander.
IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE
Realizing the end was near, Khan finally decided to fight his career rival, Brook. After being stopped in the sixth round, he expressed that the end was near. Furthermore, fans truly believed that retirement was not far behind when he was not willing to commit to a possible fight with Conor Benn when they were standing in the ring in April. The boxing community should not have been surprised to wake up to Khan’s message of thanks and farewell.
3Kings Boxing wants to say thanks for the memories and wish Amir Khan luck in all future endeavors with life after boxing.
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By: Garrisson Bland