Amir Khan has looked back on his incredible boxing journey after making the decision to retire – revealing that in the end it was an easy decision for him to call time on his career.
The former unified world champion hung up the gloves last week, bringing to an end a near two-decade long professional career, which saw him achieve plenty of success, including winning the WBA and IBF super-lightweight titles.
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Khan (34-6, 21 KOs) bows out following his loss to Kell Brook back in February, and the Bolton boxer has reflected on when he feels he was at his best, when he maybe should have retired earlier, and how he wants to be remembered.
Khan said: "My best nights in boxing were when I was with Freddie Roach and then the start with Virgil Hunter. If you look at the Maidana fight, the Kotelnik fight, the Zab Judah fight, that was the peak of my career. My peak was up until I was about 26, and after that I started to see the decline.
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"I had the biggest fights and fought the biggest names. I'm so happy with how my career has gone. After the Canelo fight, I had a long lay off, and I should have called it a day then, but I loved the sport too much so it was hard for me to walk away.
"I want to be known as a fighter who would fight anybody and would never shy away from a fight. I gave my all in every fight, and gave people what they wanted. I always wanted to be a people's champion, and now I'm retired they maybe will appreciate me a bit more.
"Some people said I can't go out after losing a fight, but I don't have it in me. The better man won on the night against Kell Brook, so I'm not going to risk it. You're always one punch away from getting hurt, and if your reflexes aren't there then it's time to call it a day.
"My training camps were solid, and I can't do that again. An exhibition fight I may consider, but I don't want to go itno a gym at the moment. I want to enjoy retirement, and once I start missing it maybe I'll look at exhibitions, but the love is gone for the sport at the moment."