Amir Khan delays retirement till he has light-welterweight and welterweight titles
British boxer Amir Khan has hinted he will erase his plans for an early retirement to achieve his dreams in the lighter-welterweight and welterweight divisions. The 26-year-old was going to retire from international boxing in two years, but that would have meant scrapping the dream to win the light-welterweight and welterweight titles.
Amir Khan hopes the year of 2013 will be bountiful for him. The last 12 months were disastrous for Amir Khan’s boxing career. The derailment of his boxing career began with the December 2011 loss to Lamont Peterson which was followed by a controversial stoppage defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia.
The man who was once the proud owner of the WBA (super) and IBF light-welterweight crowns saw his boxing career heading towards a dark road, which is why Amir Khan decided to change his coach. Now, Amir Khan has chosen to work under the ever watchful eyes of Virgil Hunter.
With Carlos Molina defeated in Amir Khan’s last outing, the British boxer will not be satisfied till he has redeemed himself by achieving his goals. Amir Khan plans on dominating the light-welterweight division before switching his focus towards the welterweight title.
“When I'm 28 I've always said I'd retire, but we will see how my body is,” the Daily Star quoted Amir Khan. “At the moment I feel young, fresh and hungry.
“It's so easy at the moment to make light-welterweight. I was going to move up to welterweight because there was nothing left for me at light-welterweight.
“But now there are fights and titles to be won again. I think naturally I'm not big enough to be a welterweight yet but I'll know when the time is right.”
Amir Khan admits his career plans have changed because of the recent setbacks, but the Brit is looking forward to bouncing back in the ring. Amir Khan also confessed that he still had plans of hanging up his gloves before his 30th birthday.
“I always said that at 28 or 29 I will call it a day. I'm 26 now, and I think in three years I can have six fights and they can be six big fights,” Amir Khan said in an interview not that long ago.
“I'm not in no rush. I will know myself when to call it a day, I will see how my body feels. I will let my body make the decision.”