Amir Khan's wife Faryal Makhdoom responds to Carl Froch criticism after his defeat to Kell Brook

  • Tom Ward

Amir Khan‘s wife Faryal Makhdoom has hit back at Carl Froch‘s criticism of her husband’s performance in his long-awaited grudge match against Kell Brook.

Froch has been critical of the Bolton-born boxer, branding him ‘Bambi’ after his derby defeat to British rival Brook on Saturday.

But Makhdoom, who has been married to Khan since 2013, expressed her intense dislike of Froch as she feels he is jealous of their success.

On Froch’s interview with iFL TV, she wrote on Twitter: “I rarely ever say bad about anyone but I actually can’t stand Carl Froch. Simply rude and annoying. Wonder if it upsets him that Khan made more money than him.”

In a follow-up tweet, she added: “Thank you King Khan for all the excitement you brought to the sport of boxing. Without you British boxing wouldn’t be the same. You inspire us all.”

To his credit, Khan ended up being too brave for his own good as he refused to go down before the referee intervened to stop the inevitable from happening.

However, Froch believes the fight should have been stopped before that as ‘he was getting badly hurt’.

“He showed greater powers of recovery for a couple of rounds, you’ve got to give him his credit, they could’ve pulled him out after three or four,” Froch told iFL TV.

“It could’ve been stopped a bit earlier, people were just saying to me in the crowd there that the fight was stopped too early, but I disagree.

“I think the referee done Khan a bit of a favour there because he was getting badly hurt, he was getting badly beat up, his legs were gone.

Boxing – Amir Khan v Kell Brook – AO Arena, Manchester, Britain – February 19, 2022 Amit Khan looks dejected after losing the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“You’ve got to give him credit. I can’t just stand here and say that it was a bad performance because it wasn’t, he stayed in there, and he did himself proud in terms of trying to just be involved in the fight.

“But I thought Brook was class tonight. His timing was there, he was poised, landing accurate blows, and every time he clipped Khan on the chin, whether it was a jab or a right hand, Khan was bang in trouble.

100 per cent, without a doubt, he’s got to retire.

“And what a great retirement fight. He’s been paid handsomely for another beating and he needs to say to himself that’s it now, that’ll do me. How much can you take?

“What is he, 35 or 36 years old? It’s not healthy getting punched in the head. He’s got to think of his future.”

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