Amir Khan has finally hung up his gloves after a glittering 16-year career.
The Bolton-born boxer and 2004 Olympic silver medallist, who became a light-welterweight world champion, has announced he is now done with his fighting career. And the quick-handed sportsman leaves with a record of 34 wins from his 40 fights.
Khan, 35, wrote on Twitter on Friday: “It’s time to hang up my gloves. I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has 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.”
In his most recent bout, he was defeated in the sixth-round by Kell Brook, but it’s taken since February for the decision to come to leave boxing behind.
Here we take a look at the fighter’s remarkable – and sometimes tumultuous – career.
Khan earns Olympic silver
After winning the World Junior Championships in 2004, Khan found himself in the European Olympic qualifying event. Despite being 17 years old, the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) allowed him to fight in their senior championships, fearing he might end up representing Pakistan instead.
He qualified for the Games in Athens – and he shot to stardom with his performance, beating Kazakhstan's Serik Yeleuov to reach the lightweight final.
But up against Cuba's Mario Kindelan, his foe proved too much too soon and Khan walked away with silver.
Amir Khan wins his first world title
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In 2009 at just 22 years old, Khan became a world champion. He had moved up a weight class and won WBA’s light-welterweight title, in what was a superb, mature performance against Andreas Kotelnik.
Khan proved just too quick and cunning for the older Ukrainian and he earned a unanimous decision victory, with scores of 120-108, 118-111, and 118-111.
"Three fights after I was defeated I'm now world champion", Khan said after the fight. "But I never doubted myself. I did get tired, but I had so much confidence because of my trainer Freddie Roach. He promised to get me back on track and he did. I'm a world champion and I'm going to enjoy it. I'm still young and I've got big things to come.'”
Amir Khan becomes unified champion
Khan became the unified champion after beating Zab Judah in Paradise, Nevada, in 2011. The Brit showed off his quick hands as the contest went in his favour in round five. He shot his opponent with a vicious uppercut and the US star went to the canvas before being counted out.
Judah was adamant that the punch he received to his waistline was actually a low-blow – but subsequent replays suggested otherwise.
The victory meant that Khan unified his WBA belt with the IBF one and firmly announced himself in America. “'I don't think it was a low blow. It was a clean shot and the referee was there,' Khan protested after the contest. “'In my eyes it was a clean shot, just above the belt. Zab took the shot.
“It was a very hard shot and we'd been working on the shot throughout our camp. It happened naturally, I fired the uppercut and it worked for me."
Wife Faryal Makhdoom has been by Khan's side through thick and thin – but she did admit that she went ‘to hell and back’ after a string of cheating allegations.
The pair, who have two daughters, got engaged when the businesswoman was just 19 years old, but Khan became famous and tests were thrown his way. Makhdoom spoke candidly on the subject of their challenges on a new fly on the wall BBC series Meet The Khans last year.
Khan was accused of cheating over nine times and things took a turn for the worst in 2017 when he posted on social media that he thought Makhdoom had been sleeping with Anthony Joshua, though both the heavyweight boxer and his wife refuted such claims and Khan withdrew the claim.
Makhdoom said on the BBC documentary: “Me being a young girl felt betrayed and thought 'this is bulls***' until my marriage really kind of did go into a really bad place where it was like 'that's it, there’s no turning back'.”
Khan denied romping with model Katie Price in 2011 after he was spotted giggling with her at a pre-Oscars party in West Hollywood’s London Hotel.
It took place not long after Price split with Bellator fighter Alex Reid.
Khan, however, denied anything took place. He told The Mirror in 2011: “I don’t know why people are saying we’re together because it is absolute, total b*******.
“We’ve never been anything more than friends and we will never be – I am actually dead good mates with Alex. He’s an MMA fighter and we’ve talked about training together and we are mates so I would never do anything to mess with that. He’d kill me.”
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