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Khan set to shelve retirement plans

ESPN staff
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Amir Khan has hinted that he will scrap his plan to retire in two years in order to achieve his dreams in both the light-welterweight and welterweight divisions.

The year of 2012 did not go according to plan for Khan, who followed up his December 2011 loss to Lamont Peterson with a career-derailing stoppage defeat at the hands of Danny Garcia.

Once the holder of the WBA (super) and IBF light-welterweight crowns, Khan saw his world titles escape his clutches as he went in search of a new coach.

The rebuilding process has begun under Virgil Hunter, with Carlos Molina beaten in the Brit's last outing, but Khan will not be satisfied until he once again rules the light-welterweight terrain. He had planned to be competing at welterweight by now, but admits his plans have been altered.

"When I'm 28 I've always said I'd retire, but we will see how my body is," Khan said in quotes attributed to the Daily Star. "At the moment I feel young, fresh and hungry.

"It's so easy at the moment to make light-welterweight. I was going to move up to welterweight because there was nothing left for me at light-welterweight.

"But now there are fights and titles to be won again. I think naturally I'm not big enough to be a welterweight yet but I'll know when the time is right."

Khan still plans to hang up the gloves before his 30th birthday, saying in a previous interview: "I always said that at 28 or 29 I will call it a day. I'm 26 now, and I think in three years I can have six fights and they can be six big fights.

"I'm not in no rush. I will know myself when to call it a day, I will see how my body feels. I will let my body make the decision."

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