Amir Khan a Pakistani-born British boxer, announced his retirement from the sport on Friday after a 17-year professional career.

The 35-year-old fighter, who won 34 of his 40 fights and became a unified world champion at light-welterweight, retires with a record of 34 victories.

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist won his first 18 pro fights, establishing himself as one of the best British boxers of his generation.

Khan’s career came to an end in February when he was stopped in the sixth round in a grudge battle in Manchester against long-time rival and countrymen Kell Brook.

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Last week, Brook announced his own retirement.

“It’s time to put my gloves away.” Khan remarked on Twitter, “I feel lucky to have had such a great career that has stretched over 27 years.”

“I want to express my gratitude to the wonderful teams I’ve worked with, as well as my family, friends, and fans, for their love and support.”

Khan won the WBA super-lightweight title in 2009, defeating Ukraine’s Andriy Kotelnik, then added the IBF title two years later, defeating US opponent Zab Judah.

Khan’s reign came to an end with a disputed points loss against American Lamont Peterson later in 2011.

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Khan, who has fought for world titles at welterweight and middleweight, was stopped by American Terence Crawford in 2019 and lost to Mexico’s Saul Alvarez in 2016.

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