World super lightweight champion Amir Khan celebrates after his fight with Ireland’s Paul McCloskey on April 16, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)
Amir Khan, a former unified super lightweight world champion, announced his retirement from boxing on Friday after a career that included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
“Time to hang up the gloves,” the 35-year-old Khan tweeted. “I feel blessed to have had such an incredible career that has spanned over 27 years.”
Khan, one of the best British boxers of his day, retires with a record of 34-6. He won the silver medal in Greece at the age of 17.
“I want to thank with all my heart the incredible teams I have worked with and my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me,” he added.
Khan was the unified welterweight champion from 2009 to 2012 and then fought — and lost — to big names like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford in the United States.
Khan’s last fight was a clear loss to Kell Brook in February. Brook announced his retirement from boxing last week.