Amir Khan should be thinking about retirement rather than a world title fight

“I will knock Danny Garcia out. I will take the world titles home. I know Danny didn’t train as hard as me. I promise I will knock him out. That is the only way.”

Amir Khan

The result? A TKO victory for Danny Garcia in the fourth. A delusion in Amir Khan’s head that’s somehow kept his career alive. Three loses in the middleweight’s previous eight fights; a dying career, and one that should result in an early retirement; the lad from Bolton is finished.

It makes zero sense why Khan is therefore pushing for a world title fight:

“I’ve decided to take a big fight at the end of the year and for a title hopefully,”

“I was thinking of fighting at the end of this month but what I’ve thought of doing instead is fighting after Ramadan – I want to be back in the ring in November.”

The Englishman’s chances at a world title fight are about as slim as Tyson Fury fighting Anthony Joshua.

Khan is simply not a good enough boxer. Unable to knock his opponent out, unable to withstand the punches. The Englishman will always be brought into a slugging match; and his lack of clinical finish is what has cost him since his first loss in 2008 to Breidis Prescott.

Khan's defeat to Prescott lasted just 54 seconds - Image Source: Zimbio
Khan’s defeat to Prescott lasted just 54 seconds – Image Source: Zimbio

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Since the Prescott defeat, Khan has only knocked out – and they’ve been TKO at that – four of his opponents in 15 fights. Of course, boxing is not all about having KOs to experience success, look at the Moneymaker, but if your plan A, B and C does not involve defeating your opponent in this fashion, you have to have the chin to counter the lack of power; Amir does not have this.

“You cannot put muscles on his [Khan] chin.”

Ben Dirs

For all of Khan’s self-belief and warrior instincts, his own defence for his boxing career has cost him in his latter years. Still relatively young in boxing terms at 30, but a career that is over.

The 30-year-old won’t be able to win a title fight as his instincts of relying on fitness and speed can only get you so far at the top level; his most recent loss to Canelo Álvarez highlighting that more than any other fight.

Hang your gloves up now Amir, you’ve ultimately been a huge disappointment since that silver medal in 2004.