Hunter & Khan Believe He Can Still Go
Staring a sixth-round TKO loss in the face, Amir Khan fears retiring from boxing at 32-years old would “haunt” him forever.
Khan, who would lose via a low-blow stoppage, continues to claim that he did not quit and would have rather had been knocked out, and refutes any suggestions of retirement.
“When you get older, everything changes,” he told the Independent. “The whole ball game changes and everything you do is for your family
“I have to sit down with my close friends and also my wife. I’m at the age of 32 now, but I feel like I’ve got a lot left in me. Retirement is not something I’m looking at and I definitely wouldn’t want to leave the sport in this way.
“I think retirement will be nice – one day, when I do retire. I think I will enjoy it because it would take a lot of pressure off me. You are then a free man.”
Virgil Hunter, Khan’s trainer agreed that the former world champion has a lot left in the tank.
“The crowd will always be bloodthirsty and want to see a dramatic ending but you have to look out for the safety of the fighter,” Hunter told BBC Five Live.
“He’s not the kind of fighter to make things up. I believe he was incapacitated. We knew we were behind but Amir was starting to work things out and pick up his rhythm. He showed he could move – his legs aren’t gone – but he fought a hell of a champion. I will be honest with him when I think it’s time to retire.”
Quotes via: Boxing Scene