Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I will quit in five years - Khan

Amir Khan
Khan is Britain's third-youngest ever world champion

Bolton-based boxer Amir Khan has said he is aiming to quit the sport in five years time, at the age of 28.

The 23-year-old is the current WBA World light-welterweight champion after beating Andreas Kotelnik in July 2009.

He told BBC Radio Manchester's In the Spotlight: "By the time I'm 28 that's the time for me to hang my gloves up and stay with my family.

"I'm going to walk out of this sport the way I walked in and that's what I want to tell other people who box."

He added: "You don't want to walk out of the sport brain dead."

Khan burst into the boxing world at the 2004 Athens Olympics where he won a silver medal and turned pro shortly after under the guidance of promoter Frank Warren.

After winning the WBO intercontinental-lightweight title Khan's reputation was questioned when he lost to Breidis Prescott in September 2008 after just 54 seconds of his defence.

But 10 months later Khan bounced back, when he outclassed and outpointed Kotelnik to claim the WBA light-welterweight crown at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

Since the fight he has faced two defences and has retained the belt with victories over Dmitriy Salita and Paulie Malignaggi.

Khan is scheduled to fight Marcos Maidana on the 11 December 2010 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

To hear the interview in full tune into BBC Radio Manchester on Thursday, 6 October at 1800-1900 BST on 95.1FM, DAB and online at If you miss the show you can listen again via the BBC iPlayer.

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