Amir Khan admits retirement crossed his mind whilst he was taking part in ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!’ show recently.
Making it to the end of the series, Khan then knew his boxing career came first as he may only have a couple of years left in the sport.
Losing via crushing KO to Canelo Alvarez is not the way Khan wants to end his time donning the gloves as he prepares to face Phil Lo Greco in Liverpool on April 21.
“There were times in the jungle when I thought about where I want to be in boxing. Do I still want to fight? Do I still want to box?” Khan told Sky Sports.
“I could retire tomorrow and say I have had a great career, won world titles, and have had a great time. But there was still a little bit more left I wanted to achieve from boxing.
“While I was in that jungle I thought, look, I have just turned 31, I am at the peak of my career now, and this next year or two are going to be the final chapter.
“So, I want to make sure that I grab it with both hands and win another world title, win more fights, and call it a day on top.
“I can’t just retire after the Canelo loss.”
A potential all-UK clash with Kell Brook is on the cards over the next 12 months, although the Bolton man is reluctant to look past his forthcoming Canadian foe.
“I’m not looking past Lo Greco because he is very dangerous,” Khan stated. “I need to come back, there are some big fights out there for me. Let’s get past the next fight Lo Greco fight.
“Having had that defeat, I want to see how I am as a fighter. Coming back into boxing – let’s see how this fight goes and take it from there.”