Exclusive: Amir Khan reflects on past losses, reveals retirement plan

Joe Hewlett 11/08/2017

Lucas Noonan

Amir Khan is currently weighing up all his options as he gets set to make his eagerly anticipated return to the squared canvas. As he revealed to World Boxing News this week, he is hopeful of returning to the UK for a huge showdown next year.

The superstar is dreaming of a fight in his hometown at boyhood club Bolton Wanderers.

“That’d be wicked (to fight at the Macron Stadium) but its dependent on the weather. With boxing being a high sport with a lot of demand, I think it’s time to start having these stadium fights. The Reebok would be perfect, it can hold 40, 50,000, it’d be definitely sellable,” Khan exclusively told World Boxing News.

‘King Khan’ reflected on his career which boasts a record of 31 wins and four defeats. His losses have included devastating KO’s by Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott.

He admits the experiences have been a major learning curve and is optimistic of avenging his defeat against former WBC king Danny Garcia.

“Look, I wouldn’t need a tune up fight against Garcia but it just depends on what my team says. I’m on a career where you have to work and listen to your team and there’s been so many fights in my career, if I was focused and had the right team around me then I would have won.

“For example, fight against Prescott, it was a last-minute fight and my team were all inexperienced. I took that fight and lost because it was too soon in my career to fight a big puncher like him.

“With the last fight, people say I shouldn’t have took with Canelo. I’ve given myself four more fights, get the best four fights out the way and I’ll then call it a day. I’ve been fighting for a long time and I’m giving myself two years left in the game,” he added.

It feels like yesterday Khan was picking up a silver medal as he featured as the poster boy for the Olympic Games in 2004 at Athens.

The two-time world champion admitted there is always pressure to perform and relishes the stage.

“It feels like a long, long time ago, I was the face of the Olympics and people forget and don’t realise I’ve been in around in the game against all the biggest and best names. I’ve won and lost fights but this is boxing, what I’ve done is what most people would have dreamed of doing.

“Sometimes I think I’m only 30, but some people think I’m 40-years-old because of how long of time I have been around. The pressure has always been there, I want to be the peoples champion,” he stated.

Khan knows his next fight is a last chance saloon to have one more bite at the cherry.

He concluded: “I put pressure on myself, I know I can’t make any mistakes, if make anymore, that’ll be it. The pressure for my next fight is huge because if I lose, that’s it, people will say I’m finished. I need to win. The one thing about me is, pressure makes me train and work harder.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95