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Amir Khan not ready to retire

Amir Khan, left fights Lamont Peterson during a

Amir Khan, left fights Lamont Peterson during a boxing match in Washington. (Dec. 10, 2011) Credit: AP

If there’s ever a boxer who can be referred to as a “throw back”, it’s 140-pound contender Amir Khan.

Khan (26-3) has taken some heat for his loss to Danny Garcia (23-0) on Saturday. The criticism is deserved because Garcia is the type of fighter Khan should’ve beaten. Carl Froch said Khan should retire after getting knocked down three times by Garcia.

But the Neutral Corner knows better.

Khan, 25, should do anything but retire. He’s one of the few boxers who is willing to take on anyone anywhere. He was willing to take on Lamont Peterson in his own backyard in Washington D.C. Khan lost a controversial decision, but deserves credit for taking the fight.

Last summer, Khan was willing to give Tim Bradley half of the TV revenue to fight him. Bradley, who was embroiled with his then-promoter Gary Shaw, didn’t take the fight. Again, Khan deserves kudos for offering up that much of the take to Bradley.

Khan released a statement on Monday to let his fans know in no uncertain terms that he is not thinking about retiring.

Here’s an excerpt from his statement.

“I’m going to spend the next few weeks relaxing during Ramadan and recharging my batteries after what was a 16 week training camp for me. I’ll then sit down with my team to assess the options in front of me…Well done to Danny Garcia on his performance, but I promise that I’ll bounce back stronger than ever as I look to regain my spot at the top of the 140lb division.”

Outside of a potential December rematch versus Garcia, it’s anyone’s guess what is next for Khan. Bradley, Devin Alexander and Victor Ortiz have all left the division, while other junior welterweights like Zab Judah and Kendall Holt probably aren’t worth the trouble right now.

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