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Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan announced his retirement from boxing after a career that also included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

‘‘It’s time to hang up my gloves,’’ the 35-year-old Khan said Friday on Twitter. ‘‘I feel blessed to have had such an amazing career that has spanned over 27 years.’’

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One of the best British boxers of his era, Khan retires with a record of 34-6. He won the silver medal in Greece at age 17.

‘‘I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the incredible teams I have worked with and to my family, friends and fans for the love and support they have shown me,’’ he added.

Khan’s last fight was a one-sided loss to longtime rival Kell Brook in February. Brook announced his retirement from boxing just last week.

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Khan defeated Ukraine’s Andriy Kotelnik in a WBA super lightweight bout and saw off US opponent Zab Judah to add the IBF belt two years later.

A controversial points loss against American Lamont Peterson later in 2011 brought Khan’s reign to a frustrating end.

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Khan, who also challenged for world titles at welterweight and middleweight, lost to Mexico’s Saul Alvarez in 2016 and was also stopped by American Terence Crawford in 2019.

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