Give Amir Khan rest and respect

After Amir Khan likely lost his final boxing match to Kell Brook, some were quick to criticize the solid boxer and former world champion.

On Saturday, February 19, at Manchester Arena, formerly Boxing Champion Amir Khan probably last entered the ring as a professional boxer. Yes, he dropped a disappointing loss of TKO with Kell Brook, but that doesn’t detract from Khan’s history as a senior boxer.

Although this was their first meeting, Khan and Brook had years of enmity. Who knows how things would have turned out if they had met at their peak, but today as they are both 35 years old, Brook is a much better fighter.

A loss can mean a lonely time for a boxer. Hangers gradually disappeared and fan approval dwindled. It’s damned to be seen as a failure when it shouldn’t be. When two opponents enter the ring, one wins and the other is defeated. Both require respect, but in the age of social media, it is easy to knock the efforts of the conquered.

Brook has proven he’s now a better boxer than Khan, but that doesn’t mean Khan’s legacy should be forgotten. Particularly high expectations have been set for him. He didn’t quite live up to others’ hopes, but Khan has done a lot to earn respect as a boxer.

As an amateur, Khan was a youth Olympic and world champion. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. His amateur accolades set a high standard, and the pressure of those accomplishments was not easily bearable for Khan.

Amir Khan defeated many world champions in a boxing career worth remembering

Some people expect Khan to be an all-time great because of his amateur achievements, but there are no guarantees in life. There is a world of difference between the amateur and professional ranks, and some people don’t realize how different the two fields are.

When Khan turned pro at 18, his success could also be a weakness. The pressure wasn’t easy to deal with, but Khan was fine, considering. He won his first 18 fights before being knocked out by Breidis Prescott in 2008. It was revealed that Khan couldn’t take a punch.

Every fighter has a weakness. Khan has speed, strength, and stamina, but his defense and durability is a dubious one. Prescott proved it. Khan tried his best to overcome his shortcomings, but his physiology couldn’t be trained. You can take a punch, or you can’t.

It is also said that every boxer has a certain number of punches they can hit, and Khan hit that number when he was climbing up the pro ranks. However, Khan’s physical abilities allowed him to become the WBA ultralightweight champion in 2009 after beat Andriy Kotelnik by unanimous decision.

Khan defended his title five times over the next two years before losing to Lamont Peterson in 2011. Khan will never win the world title again, but winning the world title is a rare achievement that most boxers never reach.

Unfortunately, most people remember Khan for being knocked out by Prescott, Danny Garcia and Canelo Alvarez more than his victories over Marcos Maidana, Paul Malignaggi, Marco Antonio Barrera, Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. When looking at his résumé, his wins are more impressive than his losses.

Khan doesn’t have the legacy of a Manny Pacquiao, but not many can become legends. Khan is a great fighter even though he has been knocked down many times. He did the best he could and reached an extremely high level.

Khan’s time in boxing is over. He probably had to stop in 2019 after beating Billy Dib, but Khan demanded proof that his best was in the past. Brook provides that, but Khan should be remembered and respected as a champion. He did it better than most and has an Olympic title and medal to prove it.

People can mock Khan all they like, but they despise his career in the process. Khan deserves better than that. Give Amir Khan rest and respect

John Verrall

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