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Amir Khan, former super lightweight world champion, retires

Amir Khan, former super lightweight world champion, retires

Former super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, 35, announced his retirement from sports on Friday after 17 years of professional career.

The British boxer, former WBA and IBF super lightweight world champion, announced “that he was hanging up his gloves” with a record of 34 wins in 40 professional fights.

“I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career,” he wrote on Twitter on Friday.

In addition to his titles, he won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Amir Khan became world champion in 2009 after a victory against Ukraine’s Andriy Kotelnik in a WBA super lightweight bout. He beat American Zab Judah two years later to win the IBF belt, losing a few months later against fellow American Lamont Peterson.

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Khan ended his career with a loss against compatriot and longtime rival Kell Brook in Manchester last February. (AFP)

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