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Former welterweight world champion Amir Khan ponders retirement

By Peter Hanson
Amir Khan

London, April 3: Former welterweight world champion Amir Khan does not know if he will box again.

Khan has twice earned world titles in the 147lbs division and won an Olympics silver medal at Athens 2004 when in the amateur ranks.

The 33-year-old last fought in July 2019 when he defeated Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia, a bout which followed a bizarre TKO defeat to Terence Crawford when he was unable to continue after being caught with an accidental low blow.

It remains to be seen if Khan will step back into the ring, though he said his love for the sport remains.

Speaking to Mirror Sport, he said: "Am I going to fight again? I don't know, I'm in two minds. Should I fight?

"Financially, I've done very well for myself. Do I need to do one more fight which could ruin my whole legacy? I don’t know the answer.

"I'm up against myself. I'm debating with myself should I carry on or call it a day?

"I'm just going to wait and see how I feel after a full training camp. Even if I feel I cannot do it anymore, I can walk away knowing I have done everything.

"My love for boxing is still there and I love boxing to bits. But until I see how I feel after a long, hard, gruelling camp, then I won’t know for sure."

Last year, Khan said that an agreement to fight Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao, a bout he has long-since sought, was reached but a showdown did not come to fruition.

Khan (34-5) added he only wants to get in the ring for the big names.

"I want to be at the top level where I've always fought. That's where I belong and that's how I want people to remember me," he said.

"Win or lose, I've always fought at that top level. I'm only interested in fighting at that level.

"You can make mistakes when you try to carry on for too long and don't call it a day. I'll know myself when it's time to stop."

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Story first published: Friday, April 3, 2020, 4:20 [IST]
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