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    LONDON (AP) — Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan announced his retirement from boxing after a career that also included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. “It’s time to hang up my gloves,” the 35-year-old Khan said Friday on Twitter. “I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years.” One of the best British boxers of his era, Khan retires with a record of 34-6. He won the silver medal in Greece at age 17. “I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the incredible teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me,” he added. Khan was the unified light-welterweight champion from 2009-12 and later fought — and lost to — big names like Canelo Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Terence Crawford in the United States. Khan’s last fight was a one-sided loss to longtime rival Kell Brook in February. Brook announced his retirement from boxing just last week. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022...
    CARL FROCH delivered a brutal assessment of Amir Khan as he declared his British compatriot is 'only good for getting knocked out'. The Cobra also urged the 35-year-old to hang up the gloves following his knockout defeat to rival Kell Brook in February. 3Carl Froch was critical of Amir Khan after he spoke of a possible fight against Conor BennCredit: Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing 3Tony Bellew was left stunned after Froch ripped into two-time world champion KhanCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk Khan was in attendance to watch Conor Benn blast away South Africa's Chris van Heerden in Manchester on Saturday night in the second round. Benn, 25, delivered yet another highlight-reel knockout to extend his perfect record to 21-0. The Destroyer was joined by Khan inside the ring following his scintillating stoppage where the two were asked about a potential fight. But Khan shied away from the challenge, with Froch then criticising the chin of the 2004 Olympic silver medallist as he discussed a future opponent for Benn. Read more on SunSportBENN AND GONE Benn stops Van Heerden...
    CARL FROCH has laughed off the trolling he received from Amir Khan's wife after he urged his fellow Brit to retire. The Cobra found himself in the crosshairs of Faryal last month after he called for King Khan to call it a day following defeat in his grudge match with Kell Brook. 3Carl Froch urged Amir Khan to retire after his TKO loss to Kell Brook last monthCredit: REX 3A furious Farayal hit back at Froch on TwitterCredit: [email protected] 3But Froch has laughed off Faryal's tauntsCredit: PA Froch took no offence to her claims that he was 'rude and annoying', telling Boxing Social: “I didn’t make anything of it at all. “All I did was crack up laughing and then go about my day.” Khan, 35, was stopped in the sixth round of his domestic dust-up with former IBF welterweight champ Brook. The Olympic silver medallist has reportedly activated the rematch clause in his contract to face the Sheffield slugger....
    After Amir Khan lost likely his final boxing battle against Kell Brook, some are quick to criticize a solid boxer and former world champion.  On Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Manchester Arena, former boxing champion Amir Khan probably entered the ring for the last time as a professional boxer. Yes, he dropped a disappointing TKO loss to Kell Brook, but that shouldn’t diminish Khan’s history as a high-level boxer. Even though this was their first meeting, Khan and Brook had years of built-up animosity. Who knows how things would have gone if they met in their prime, but today when both are 35 years old, Brook was the far better fighter. A loss can mean lonely times for a boxer. Hangers on move away, and fan approval drops. Being branded as a loser is damning when it shouldn’t be. When two competitors enter the ring, one wins, and the other is defeated. Respect should be had for both, but in the era of social media, it’s easy for people to slam the efforts of the conquered. Brook proved that he’s...
    AMIR KHAN wants to end Kell Brook’s boxing career after he repeatedly rebuilt it following two horror knife attacks and injuries. Sheffield’s 35-year-old former IBF welterweight champion has had his face rebuilt twice - after suffering cheekbone fractures on brutal defeats to Gennady Golovkin in 2016 and Errol Spence Jr a year later. 5Amir Khan wants to end Kell Brook’s boxing career when they meet in the ringCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 5Kell Brook has come back from a knife and machete attack in the past And his left thigh carries the horrific scar of a 2014 knife attack in Tenerife that he did incredibly well to battle back from. Brook’s limb was hacked into by a machete while he was trying to enjoy a holiday to celebrate his magnificent world title win over Shawn Porter a couple of weeks earlier. And there were serious fears he would never walk again, let alone defend his title. The life-threatening attack came seven years after another less-serious incident outside a nightclub in 2007 when he was stabbed in the buttocks. Inside the ring,...
    AMIR KHAN bust onto the British boxing scene as fresh-faced teenager - and has remained there ever since. Bolton's boxing hero became a household name at just the age of 17 as he brought back a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. 7British boxing legend Amir KhanCredit: Mikey Williams It set him up for a blockbuster career that involved highs, lows and everything in between. Here, SunSport takes a look back and Khan's journey from Olympic hopeful to fully-fledged superstar. Olympic Games, 2004 Khan was Team GB's only boxing representative in Greece and the nation's hopes rested solely on his shoulders. But he did the unthinkable and reached the lightweight finals, losing to Cuban champ Mario Kindelan. Khan would avenge the loss a year later, in an unprecedented amateur rematch which was viewed SIX MILLION on ITV. He turned professional soon after and was already a star in the making. 7Amir Khan in in the 2004 OlympicsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Most read in SportOLY MOLY Watch horror moment Team GB...
    OLYMPIC heavyweight bronze medallist Frazer Clarke is set to make his debut on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Kell Brook next month. The 30-year-old spent more than a decade as an amateur after being overlooked by Team GB at Rio 2016 as they went with Joe Joyce as their heavyweight representative. 1Clarke won bronze at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympic Games last yearCredit: Getty But he finally got his chance in Tokyo last year and took it with both hands as he secured a medal at the Games - missing out on the gold medal contest by virtue of a nasty cut in the semi-finals. Now he has turned over and already signed with Anthony Joshua's management team 258 MGT. He has also agreed a promotional deal with BOXXER which will see him fight on Sky Sports. A sparring partner of Joshua's for many years, Clarke will feature on the highly-anticipated Brook-Khan show at the Manchester Arena on February 19. "I am delighted to be making my debut on such a big night for British boxing," he said. "I am...
    AMIR KHAN might be winding down his glittering career — but he is launching another Bolton banger into the fight game. Cousin Abdul, 19, will box on the undercard of a Dubai show Amir hosts on October 16 while training for his retirement clash with Kell Brook. 2Amir Khan's cousin Abdul is set to make his pro debut this month in Dubai 2And the 19-year-old reckons Khan will get the better of Kell Brook when pair finally meetCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd The talented teen has the same thick Northern accent and down-to-earth charm as his famous mentor. Abdul is even kicking off his pro career with Humphrey Harrison, the brother of Amir’s first proper trainer — the late and much respected Oliver. And the former light-welterweight champion, 34, reckons his  protege is ready to shine after Covid KO’d amateur boxing for so long. Amir said: “Abdul is a very special talent and I’m extremely excited to see him join the professional ranks. “I have followed his career since  his first amateur fight around seven years ago and his potential excites...
    AMIR KHAN branded Anthony Joshua a 'beast' - but still warned him to 'keep away' from fighting Tyson Fury. The British heavyweight world champions were all-set for a first-ever, four-belt heavyweight undisputed title decider this summer. 4Anthony Joshua was called a 'beast' by Amir KhanCredit: Instagram / @anthonyjoshua 4Tyson Fury saw his super-fight with Anthony Joshua collapseCredit: Rex 4Former British world champion Amir KhanCredit: Reuters But after Deontay Wilder was awarded the right to a trilogy bout with Fury, the unification collapsed. AJ now faces mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, 34, in September, while Wilder gets his crack at revenge on July 24. Joshua is still holding out hope of an all-British super-fight, but was warned against it by fellow Olympic medallist Khan. He told the Last Stand Podcast: “He’s a beast, heavyweight champion. But a lot of people say, ‘Is he gonna beat Tyson Fury?’ “I think that could be one of the hardest fights he ever has. If I was Anthony Joshua, I’d keep away from Tyson Fury.” Joshua, 31, agreed terms to fight on...
    CONOR BENN hopes to prize Amir Khan into a domestic dust-up and passing of the British welterweight torch. Khan is one of the most decorated stars on these shores both as an amateur and professional, but enters the final stage of his career. 5How Amir Khan and Conor Benn compare Benn - son of legendary ex-champion Nigel - on the other hand is one of the nation's next leading boxing hopes. A fight between the pair would offer a fascinating contrast in experience and form between two men on different trajectories. And Here SunSport compares both Khan, 34, and Benn, 24, ahead of a potential pay-per-view blockbuster between the pair. Amir Khan Khan burst onto the scene after winning a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Within four years of his 2005 debut, he became lightweight champion before moving up to win light-welterweight titles. A controversial split-decision loss to Lamont Peterson - where he was deducted two points - and a KO defeat against Danny Garcia knocked the Brit's confidence. As Khan moved...
    AMIR KHAN has hit back at Conor Benn by saying 'at your age I was a world champion.' Benn, 24, called out the former unified light-weight king after obliterating respected Samuel Vargas on Saturday night. 4Amir Khan is set for one final swansong in the ringCredit: PA While it took Benn just 80 seconds to dismantle the Colombian, Khan was forced to climb off the deck to beat him back in 2018. After the scrap, son of British ring legend Nigel said: "I like Amir Khan, he has achieved everything I want to in this sport. "But he said I would have a tough night against Samuel Vargas, just because he did. "But I am a different animal when I get in there. When I see an opening I take it and that is exactly what I would do to Khan." But Khan, who is after one final swansong before calling time on his illustrious career, fired back a warning shot. The 34-year-old said: "Conor, well done. Great kid, wish him the best. At his age I was a world champ....
    AMIR KHAN'S son will ‘never’ follow his dad and become a professional boxer, his wife Faryal Makhdoom revealed. Khan has been married to model Makhdoom since 2013. 2Amir Khan pictured with his wife Faryal MakhdoomCredit: Instagram 2Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom got married in 2013 Credit: Getty Images - Getty Together, the couple have three kids together Lamaisah, six, and Alayna, two, as well as welcoming baby boy Zaviyar, 11 months, last year. During a fan Q&A on Instagram, Makhdoom was asked: "Will your son be a boxer?" To which she responded: "Never." The Pakistani-American also admitted she was not that familiar with Khan's world title winning career when they first met. She said: "I didn't know much about his career but I knew he was some sort of boxer." Khan, 34, has earned millions from boxing since he decided to turn professional after the 2004 Greece Olympics, where he won a silver medal. And while speaking to OK Magazine last year, he opened up about wanting his boy to choose a different career...
    Famous boxer Amir Khan has hit out at Alexander Povetkin for a Tweet made by the Russian. The former unified light-welterweight replied to Povetkin, telling him to have some respect for the fighters. This came after Alexander Povetkin shared a tweet mocking the knocked out fighters, Dillian Whyte and Leo Santa Cruz. As expected, in a sport where respect is a big deal, the tweet did not go well. In the tweet, Alexander Povetkin posted a side-by-side image of Dillian Whyte and Leo Santa Cruz, both knocked out. The Whyte picture is when Povetkin knocked him out in their fight. The Santa Cruz picture is from the recent fight against Gervonta Davis. The picture was accompanied with the caption, “Two perfect knockouts, but do you think @dillianwhyte  or @leosantacruz2 had the best dreams in their sleep.”  The Russian was probably comparing the two knockouts sarcastically to see which was better rather than insulting both fighters. два идеальных нокаута, но как вы думаете, у @dillianwhyte или @leosantacruz2 были лучшие сны во сне ???? pic.twitter.com/072XypzXYG — Official Alexander Povetkin (@Povetkinboxing)...
    AMIR KHAN showed off his lightning-fast hand speed on the pads after calling out Oscar De La Hoya. De La Hoya announced plans to come out of retirement aged 47 and was later challenged by Khan, who the American once promoted. 2Amir Khan showed off his fast hands on the pads after calling out Oscar De La Hoya 2De La Hoya announced plans to come out of retirement aged 47 https://t.co/[email protected] any thoughts ???— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 20, 2020 And it appears the British former world champion is already preparing for the possibility, having uploaded training footage. Khan fires off quick combinations and a little footwork in his Bolton gym. The 33-year-old has not fought since beating former super-featherweight champion Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia one year ago. He has since been linked with facing Manny Pacquiao, 41, and old rival Kell Brook, 34. But the call out of De La Hoya came from left field, after the retired American confirmed he would fight again. The Golden Boy Promotions chief last fought...
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