Former boxing world champion Amir Khan has explained why his decision to retire from the sport wasn’t actually too difficult.
At the height of his career over a decade ago, Khan held the WBA and IBF light-welterweight title with many wondering just how much gold he could add to his collection from there. Unfortunately, he ran into quite a few tough setbacks with defeats to the likes of Lamont Peterson, Danny Garcia and Canelo Alvarez ahead.
Still, while those losses would’ve hurt, his actual in-ring abilities speak for themselves with many hailing his speed and movement throughout the course of his run as a professional.
The decision for the veteran to retire came last week and in a recent interview, he spoke openly about what led him to make this call.
“It was quite an easy decision. It wasn’t hard. It was hard for me to announce it to everyone, to make it official, that was the hardest bit. But to say I was retiring was quite easy, because I kind of thought this a long time ago. It was just ‘anytime now’ that I was gonna announce it, I was gonna stick by it.
“The peak of my career must’ve been from 21 until around 26. After that, I could then see that decline. But still, I’ve had the biggest fights and fought the biggest names in the sport of boxing, and the best pound for pound fighters in the world. I’m so happy the way my career has gone.”
The last ride
Amir Khan’s last outing took place in February when he fell to 34-6 at the hands of Kell Brook. These two men had been throwing shade at one another for the better part of a decade and when the collision went down in Manchester, the general British boxing fanbase was fairly split about how it’d unfold.
In the end, a sixth round stoppage brought an end to proceedings in what would not only prove to be the final fight for Khan but also for Brook, closing a chapter that both men needed to close before they could ride off into the sunset.