Amir Khan changes retirement plan
By Mark Havey: Some of you may have already heard the news. Amir Khan, who always vowed to retire when he becomes 28 years old, has scrapped that idea. Only two years off of this date, Khan is already a former two time world champion.
Some say that Khan should have already retired. I’m not the former Olympians biggest fan and have been critical, but I don’t see why he should retire now. Khan doesn’t ever lose because he has a glass chin, he loses because he can’t stay away from trouble. He is stuck in the mindset of the amateurs.
It happens a lot in the unpaid ranks. When you get hit with a good punch you go all out to make up for it, over 3 rounds. As a professional Khan has the time to stay back for a round to recover. Since becoming a world class fighter he has lost to Peterson and Garcia. Lamont Peterson was a close fight and the victor was found to be on steroids. Danny Garcia scored a stunning knockout but Khan was dominating early on. Khan is good value for money. With all of this taken into consideration, I don’t see why Khan should retire.
Years ago when Amir said he would retire at 28, I said “that will never happen”. I wasn’t wrong. And I am glad he has come to this decision. Espn.co.uk quoted Khan “When I’m 28 I’ve always said I’d retire, but we will see how my body is. At the moment I feel young, fresh and hungry”. He went on “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”
For Amir to make the most of these fights he needs to big fights with big risks. Molina was a confidence fight but still the wrong one. Khan should have picked an old legend instead of someone most fans had never heard of. Avenging his losses will be a good start.