Amir Khan considering retirement following Kell Brook loss: 'love for the sport isn't there anymore'

The 35-year-old appears to be on the verge of retirement after suffering defeat to long-term rival, Kell Brook.

Brook buried the hatchet in style on Saturday night, ending the pair's 17-year feud with a sixth round stoppage.

Having chased a fight against Khan for years, Brook turned up in good shape and thoroughly outclassed his opponent from the opening round.

Khan, often criticised for going down easily, showed plenty of heart to remain in the fight despite Brook's relentless pressure.

But the referee eventually waved it off in the sixth round after Khan appeared stunned and against the ropes.

In doing so, Brook claimed a 40th career win from 43 fights, while Khan's sixth loss could prove to be his last.

Following the fight, Khan hinted at possible retirement plans.

"I'll sit down with my family but I think it could be," Khan said when asked whether this could be his last fight. "It's something to think about, definitely.

"I've always said I never want boxing to retire me, I want to retire from boxing and punishment like that sometimes in boxing, too much of that can be sometimes harmful in the future.

"I'll sit down with my wife and my family in the morning and see where we go from here."

The former world champion ended a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from the ring on Saturday night, but didn't want to use that as an excuse for his poor showing.

Instead, Khan took a moment to praise his rival's performance, admitting he deserved to win.

"Credit goes to Kell, he put on a great performance," Khan said. "No excuses - the better man. He boxed out of his skin, I never expected that from him.

"The training camp I had for the fight was the best training camp. I don't want to have anyone blame (his coaching team) because they did everything they needed to. I put my hand up and take full fault. We didn't leave any stone unturned."

Finally, Khan insisted that he no longer had the same "love for the sport", perhaps the most telling sign that he's ready to retire.

"The love for the sport isn't there anymore. In the ring, I didn't have excitement and that push.

"That's maybe a sign that I should call it a day. But let's see."

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