Amir Khan vows to prove Ricky Hatton wrong on retirement
When Amir Khan decided to continue his career under the guidance of Eddie Hearn, former world champion and fellow Briton Ricky Hatton questioned whether it was the right decision for the Bolton man.
Following another bad knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez in May 2016, adding to those already suffered against Danny Garcia and Breidis Prescott, Hatton raised the point of whether that should be enough punishment for Khan to take.
The fighter himself is adamant he has much left to offer the sport though and is currently training hard for a comeback fight against Phil Lo Greco on April 21 in Liverpool.
“Ricky is coming from there because a lot has happened in my life in the last couple of years, so he maybe thought I should just call it a day,” Khan told Sky Sports News.
“But I’ve surpassed that now so it’s now time to put all that behind me and move forward.
“I always said from day one, I am going to be the one that walks away from boxing. I am not going to let boxing retire me, I will retire from boxing.
“I might wake up one morning and think ‘you know what, I don’t want to do this anymore’, but at the moment I am waking up every morning wanting to be a champion again,” he added.
At 31 years of age, Khan has a three-fight plan in place to either contest a world title or lock horns with his arch-nemesis Kell Brook and needs nothing less than a standout performance at the Echo Arena.
‘King’ Khan aims to get back to his glory days of defeating the likes of Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah, whilst bidding to prove the Canelo defeat didn’t spell the end of his career for good.