Amir Khan drops 'King' nickname as he steps back from boxing duties
British boxing royalty Amir Khan is to lose his 'king' moniker because he no longer wants to be a boxer.
The former unified light-welterweight world champion from Bolton has boxed competitively since the age of 11 and was thrust into the limelight when he won a silver medal and the 2004 Olympics as a 17-year-old.
His lightning fast speed and power led him to two world titles at light-welterweight, which he held between 2009 and 2012. But after some tough losses, 'King' Khan - as he was known worldwide by his adoring subjects - just wants to step away from the limelight and enjoy a normal life.
"For many years I've served the British public, entertaining them with my fast hands, silky skills and brutal knockouts", said Khan. "Granted, in many of those fights I was the one getting knocked out, but they were entertaining nonetheless.
"The British tabloids have made my life hell for years, laughing at me when I got knocked out by Breidis Prescott, laughing at me when I got knocked out by Danny Garcia, releasing videos of me knocking one out on Skype to that girl I was cheating on my wife with, saying Faryal [Khan's wife] was having an affair with Anthony Joshua.
"I put up with it for the fans, the British people. But when they called me delusional for chasing fights with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, that was the final straw.
"Anyway, I had a chat with [Prince] William and Kate [Middleton, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge] last week, and told them I love them all but sadly I have to renounce my throne as the king of boxing. They asked "who on earth is this brown man and how did he get past security", but I'm sure they knew what I was talking about.
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