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Amir Khan announces retirement from boxing

Amir Khan announces that he is retiring from boxing, ending a 17-year career and joining long-time rival Kell Brook in hanging up his gloves.

Amir Khan has announced that he is joining Kell Brook in announcing his retirement from boxing.

Over the weekend, Brook, a long-time rival of Khan's and who inflicted defeat on him in his last outing, said that he was walking away from the sport.

Khan will now follow suit after a 17-year professional career, the 35-year-old hanging up his gloves with a record of 34 wins and six defeats.

The Bolton fighter first came to prominence by winning an silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games, naturally leaving him being tipped for a successful career in the paid ranks.

Khan would win his first world title in 2009, defeating Andreas Kotelnik for the WBA light-welterweight belt, and he later went on to win a career-defining fight with Marcos Maidana 12 months later.

However, a controversial split-decision defeat to Lamont Peterson in 2012 changed the trajectory of Khan's career, the Briton being knocked out by Danny Garcia later that year.

Since then, Khan has only being on the fringes of world level, his high-profile showdowns with Saul Alvarez and Terence Crawford coming when he was either giving up significant weight or past his peak.

In February, Khan hoped to kick-start his career with a win over rival Brook, but a sixth-round stoppage defeat in Manchester meant that there was an inevitability about his announcement on Friday.

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