Amir Khan has said he hopes to be remembered as someone who never turned down a fight in his pro boxing career.
Last week, former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion Amir Khan officially retired from boxing at the age of 35. He walked away following a loss at the hands of Kell Brook, finally closing the book on a rivalry that had been ongoing for the better part of a decade.
The veteran has spent the last few days looking back on his time in the sport, providing fans with a candid perspective on both the highs and the lows of his 17-year long professional run.
Khan has received a lot of criticism in the past courtesy of his defeats as well as his persona, but one thing that cannot be denied is his willingness to take on the best of the best.
During an appearance on The DAZN Boxing Show, Khan was asked about what he thinks his reputation looks like in the eyes of fans, pundits and his peers.
“I never turned down any fight, I was never scared to fight anyone,” Khan said.
“I was the one who was chasing people, for example Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, I’m the chaser!
“It’s not because I need the pay day, I made big money in the sport of boxing, it’s just because I want to beat these guys and show I am the best fighter.”
“You know who I really wanted to fight, and got really close to making it, was Shane Mosley. It didn’t happen because Golden Boy wanted me to take a different route.
“When they put that fight to me, I said ‘Hell yeah, I’ll take that fight.’
“At one stage Oscar De La Hoya was considering fighting me as well.”
Will Khan make a comeback?
The nature of his loss to Kell Brook would indicate that it’s unlikely he’ll compete in another high profile bout. With that being said, Floyd Mayweather has made it known in the last few days that he tried to stop Khan from retiring by tempting him with an offer to fight ‘Money’.
Even though that probably isn’t going to happen, an exhibition showdown shouldn’t be ruled out.