KEY POINTS

  • Amir Khan ponders on retirement
  • Khan is satisfied with his boxing achievements
  • Khan's fight against Kell Brook might not happen

Amir Khan is pondering on hanging his gloves up. With the current Coronavirus pandemic presenting everything but uncertainties, the British boxer said he could now consider walking away from the sport. 

The former light-welterweight champion has not fought since July 2019 when he easily forced a fourth-round stoppage against Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia. The victory served as a bounce back from his strange defeat to Terrence Crawford in their welterweight title bout earlier in the year. 

The Australian Dib was a late replacement to Khan's originally listed opponent Neeraj Goyat, who suffered injuries due to a car crash. After the fight, Khan expressed his intention to go against boxing legend Manny Pacquaio next. But it never came into fruition and it looks like it won't happen soon, perhaps ever. 

“Am I going to fight again?” the 33-year-old told Mirror Sport. “I don’t know, I’m in two minds. Should I fight?"

There were also several talks about a possible bout against fellow British fighter Kell Brook with Khan even calling the match-up "a great idea".

“We are both similar age. I think it’s a fight that we’ve been trying to make for a very long time. I think it’s getting very close to it now," said Khan in an interview in November 2019. “It’s a fight that the public wants. It’s a massive fight in Britain, so let make it happen.”

Similarly to Pacquiao's, the anticipated clash between Britain's elites might just go down in flames as Brook is reportedly being set up to fight Crawford instead, per Top Rank Promotions' Bob Arum.

"I'm fighting the best fighter in the division. Pound-for-pound No 1, everyone is saying Terence Crawford," said Brook, who is looking to become a two-time world champion. 

Besides the present health crisis and the unavailability of his potential foes, Khan hinted on retirement when he sounded satisfied with everything he has achieved in the sport. 

"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?" he said.

“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."

Amir Khan Amir Khan faces a dangerous foe for less money in Terence Crawford on April 20. Amir Khan weighed in at exactly 155 pounds for Saturday's fight. Photo: Getty