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British legend Amir Khan announces retirement from professional boxing at 35

Amir Khan has announced he has retired from professional boxing. Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Britain's former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan announced his retirement from boxing on Friday.

Khan (34-6, 21 KOs), Olympic lightweight silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Games when he was 17 years old, won the WBA light-welter belt from Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnyk in 2009 and added the IBF title in 2011 when he beat American Zab Judah.

- Ex-champ Kell Brook had nothing more to fight for

He bows out with a record of 34 wins from 40 fights, with six defeats.

"It's time to hang up my gloves," Khan, who turned professional in 2005, said on Twitter on Friday.

"I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years.

"I want to say a heartfelt thanks and to the incredible teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me."

Khan's final fight was against long-term rival Kell Brook where he suffered a sixth-round stoppage in Manchester in February.

The 35-year-old becomes the latest British boxer to hang up his gloves after Brook retired last week while Tyson Fury maintains he has quit the sport after beating Dillian Whyte last month.