Amir Khan has said he is ready to leave the ring after losing his grudge match with bitter rival Kell Brook at Manchester’s AO Arena last night.
Khan was injured in the first round, never fully recovered and was eventually stopped in the sixth as Brook celebrated wildly.
The rival duo kissed at the end, the curtain finally fell on their 17-year rivalry, and while Brook boasted, “I told you so,” Khan was about to call it a day.
Amir Khan, 35, has revealed he is leaning towards retirement after his loss to Kell Brook
The rivals reunited and embraced in the ring shortly after the fight was called off
Brook admitted he could also quit but revealed he could be tempted by Chris Eubank Jr
“I’m very upset,” Khan, 35, told Sky Sports immediately afterwards. “I just couldn’t get it to start. I fell a bit short.
“Obviously he was the better man today. I was catching Kell with good shots but I don’t blame anyone.
“I had a great training camp, but I couldn’t start. I was failing and missing a lot. Kell was on his A-game today.
“I need to sit down with my family but it’s more towards the end of my career. The love for the sport is not there anymore. It’s a sign for me that maybe I should. stop one day.
Khan then doubled down on his request at the post-fight press conference. “I’ve done more than I ever imagined…I’m an old man now,” he said. “I want to spend time with my children.
“People talk about Benn-Eubank, Froch-Groves, it’s one of those fights they’ll remember. I made tons of money, but that thing was missing – that legacy fight.
The Bolton fighter was injured multiple times over six thrilling rounds
The referee eventually stepped in and halted proceedings in the sixth round of the fight.
As the former world light welterweight champion considers hanging up the gloves, Brook, also 35, insisted he knew he would emerge victorious in the end.
“I knew it was coming,” said the Sheffield fighter. “It was only a matter of time before I got him out of there. These were the fights I wanted to be involved in when I walked into a gymnasium as a kid. Wars of the Roses. King in the North .
“I knew from the age of 18 that I was a better fighter than him. He had the push and the promoters behind him because he won an Olympic medal.
“They tried to get inside my head. They tried to push and push me. I even had people knocking on my door in the morning, trying to disturb my sleep.
Long before fans left the building at the end of last night’s thrilling contest, there was already talk of a potential mouth-watering showdown with Chris Eubank Jnr.
Eubank Jr beat Welsh rival Liam Williams in a grudge match two weeks ago and there is clearly no love lost between him and Brook.
Brook celebrated his emphatic victory in front of a packed crowd at Manchester Arena
The veteran was lifted into the air by trainer Dominic Ingle, who he reunited with for the fight
The Sheffield fighter has admitted he might be tempted by a fight against Chris Eubank Jr
Eubank Jnr, speaking from the ringside perspective, said, “I don’t like it.” He does not like me. We can do it. He has proven he has the spice, I want to see how much spice he has with me.
Brook added: “I don’t like Eubank. If the fight is good I will fight – I am a boxer.
However, after the dust settled somewhat and Brook spoke at the post-fight press conference, he also admitted retirement was a possibility.
“I will be remembered for this fight forever, no one will remember the (other) 42 fights, they will just remember the fight with Amir Khan,” he said. “I’m just happy the chapter is over, I’ve had a fantastic career.”
A teary-eyed Brook added, “I always wanted to have this fight, this grudge match is the icing on the cake… do I want to keep going? I feel like I’m 23 tonight, I’m going to sit down with my family and see if I want to carry on.