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Former British champion Amir Khan announces his retirement from boxing

Former world boxing champion Amir Khan announced his retirement on Friday after a career in which he knocked out 21 rivals and covered himself with


Former world boxing champion Amir Khan announced his retirement on Friday after a career in which he knocked out 21 rivals and covered himself with glory on many occasions.

Khan won the lightweight silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games as a 17-year-old, won the WBA Super Lightweight belt beating Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnyk in 2009, and added the IBF title in 2011 when he defeated American Zab Judah, remembers Reuters.

“Time to hang up the gloves,” Khan said on Twitter. “I feel blessed to have had such an incredible career that has spanned over 27 years,” he added.

Khan, who left his mark at 34-6, was one of the victims of Mexican Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, who beat him in the fight for the WBC Middleweight title in 2016. At that time the Briton was knocked out.

“I want to thank from the bottom of my heart the amazing teams I have worked with and my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me.”

Khan thus joins Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who after beating Dillian Whyte also announced his retirement from boxing.