Boxing News: Amir Khan is still contemplating his options in the ring, but Boxxer promoter Ben-Shalom feels he “may easily” follow long-time opponent Kell Brook into retirement.
Brook stopped the 35-year-old in the sixth round of their grudge contest in February, marking the Sheffield fighter’s penultimate fight before retiring at the weekend.
In the immediate wake of his loss to Brook, Khan hinted at retirement, though it has since been claimed that he may seek another big-stage opportunity.
Shalom told Sky Sports: “When you’ve just come out of a fight, you can’t comprehend that you aren’t going to fight again. “Amir’s looked at all sorts. Amir wants the big fights. But with Amir, I think he might follow the same path as Kell.
“He’s also had an incredibly decorated career. We advised both of them that after the battle, now was the time to retire.
“Of course, we’ve explored options when they’ve asked us to but it would be a great way to go out. With Amir, he has looked at different fights.
“I know he’s interested in fights right now and he’s mentioned names to me, but he’s in the same position as Kell, in that if it doesn’t happen he’s looking more likely to retire every month. I don’t think that would be a bad option either.”
Florian Marku has been mentioned as a possible opponent for Khan after the entertaining Albanian stopped Chris Jenkins in Newcastle last month to extend his unbeaten record to 11-0-1.
“Marku-Khan would be a great fight to promote, but realistically Amir wants more established names,” added Shalom.
“Florian’s on his way up and will get there, but right now I think Amir wants a couple of big names. I think he feels hurt about how he performed in that ring, however sometimes fighters on reflection make the right decision, and he could easily follow Kell Brook very soon.”
Khan would exit the sport with a professional record of 34-6, as a former unified light-welterweight world champion and as one of the sport’s youngest world winners.
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