The damage done to Amir Khan’s face by bitter rival Kell Brook was clear to see just moments after their highly-anticipated encounter was called off by the referee during the sixth round.
Khan was left battered and bruised following his comprehensive defeat at the hands of bitter rival Brook on Saturday in Manchester – during which he was hit by 64 power punches.
The former unified light-welterweight world champion admitted that he came up well short having promised to knock-out his opponent pre-fight, and had the injuries to prove it.
Taking part in interviews following the event, Khan admitted that he could well choose to step away from the sport – while sporting several bruises.
Khan was humble in defeat, facing up to the media despite his obvious injuries and admitting that his time as a professional boxer could now be over.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ve had 40 fights, winning two world titles, fighting in America and around the world.
“I need to sit down with my family. But it is more towards the end of my career.
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“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.”
With Brook saying of a potential friendship with his old foe: “I’ve always had respect for him. But when I didn’t get it back? It’s hard to like someone.
“But he took shots and tried to hold on. I respect him for that.
“He said we can get a coffee after, but whether that actually happens is another thing.”