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Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing

Amir Khan was one of British boxing’s biggest stars during his career.

Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing at 35
Amir Khan has decided to retire from boxing at 35
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Less than a week after longtime rival Kell Brook announced he’ll be walking away from the sport of boxing, Amir Khan has posted a message on social media this morning telling all his fans that he’s calling it a career too.

“It’s time to hang up my gloves,” Khan posted on Twitter. “I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that 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, 35, came out of the 2004 Olympics as a highly touted silver medalist with great expectations. By pretty much all accounts one can say Khan lived up to most of those expectations as he became a world titleholder and a big draw out of Great Britain, who then sought to build his brand in the U.S.

Along the way Khan managed to get a few big fights — despite never landing the ones he wanted most in Mayweather and Pacquiao — but while he won some and lost some, you can’t say the man was ever boring to watch inside the ring, and Khan will now leave the sport with a 34-6 (21 KOs) professional record.

Best wishes to Khan in his future endeavors.