1st March 2012

Former world champion Amir Khan has revealed he plans to retire from boxing by the age of 28, but has vowed to become world champion again first. 

Khan is currently training at his own Gloves gym in Bolton and being put through his paces by respected Manchester coach Joe Gallagher, before he travels to LA to hook up with full time trainer Freddy Roach. He will then step up his preparations for his
eagerly-awaited re-match with American Peterson, who he faces in Las
Vegas on May 19, a fight he has vowed to win ‘convincingly’.

By 28 I’ll have done everything I want in boxing and I can sit back, chill and get fat.” – Amir Khan
Khan told Esquire Magazine that he intends to hang up his gloves at 28! – That means the 25-year-old two-time world champion would be out of the game in just three years time.
Khan, who controversially lost his WBA and IBF lightweight titles to Lamont Peterson last December in Washington, spoke about his thirst to become world champion again.
I’m not even at my peak yet. I’m already a two-time world champion, winning it again is not a problem.’
But he added: ‘By 28 I’ll have done everything I want in boxing and I can sit back, chill and get fat.’
Also In the April issue of Esquire Amir gives an exclusive interview and talks openly about becoming world champion again, learning from his defeat to Peterson, silencing his critics, not allowing his children to fight and his fear of spiders! – The well dressed boxer also puts this new season’s smartest fashion through the full 12 rounds.

Amir talks about!

His thirst to be world champion again:
“I’m not even at my peak yet. I’m already a two-time world champion, winning it again is not a problem.”

On his 12 round defeat against Lamont Peterson:  
“I would have tried to go for the knockout early because I hurt him in the first round with two knockdowns. I wanted to get a couple of rounds under my belt and put on a performance for the crowd. Forget the crowd now: it’s a job and I want to clean him up.”
On silencing his critics after the Prescott knockout:
“I probably made the best comeback ever in the history of boxing. To be knocked out – and it was a devastating knockout – and to come back and become world champion, it shuts up all critics.”
On his kids boxing:
“They can train, but I wouldn’t want them to go into a fight. I don’t know how my parents do it and, actually, my mum can’t do it anymore. My kids can be football players instead.”
On plans to retire in his twenties:
“By 28 I’ll have done everything I want in boxing and I can sit back, chill and get fat.”
On being scared of spiders:
“I don’t like spiders. If I see one in my bedroom I have to call my whole family and , even when they do take it out, I won’t sleep in that room for a couple of days or I’ll sleep at my parents.”
On alcohol wrecking sporting talent:
“I think it knocks a lot of years off your career. Ricky might still be boxing now if he hadn’t drunk as much, and the same with Flintoff. You don’t know, but Flintoff could still be an elite cricket player now.”
Read the full Amir Khan interview in the April issue of Esquire – on sale Today, Thursday 1 March

Photography by: David Titlow, and courtesy of Esquire 

By Chris Maylett
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