In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Amir Khan believes it was time to retire from boxing since his “passion for the sport was no longer there,” adding that his career has been “amazing.”
Following his epic British battle with long-term rival Kell Brook in Manchester in February, the former world champion announced his retirement on Friday, concluding his career with a 40-fight record of 34 victories and six losses.
When the decision was taken, Amir Khan told Sky Sports News on Friday, “It was a couple of weeks ago.”
“Even before the last bout with Kell Brook, my family told me that I should call it quits and that I’d accomplished everything I desired.
“I’d fought all around the world, against the biggest names in boxing, achieved many world titles. And it was in the back of my mind even before taking the last fight.
“It feels quite funny really because boxing is something I’ve done all my life, and I’m so attached to it that I am going to miss it.
“I’ve had a brilliant career. My family told me a long time ago to retire, but I said: ‘No, I want to do a bit more. it’s just hard to walk away from the sport. But I think it’s the right time to walk away now.
“Boxing has been brilliant for me. I thank all the fans, my trainers and coaches, and my boxing family. It’s all I’ve known and it’s been fantastic.
“Since coming out of the Olympic Games at the age of 17, boxing changed my life and gave me a great platform.”