"I'm convinced Amir will fight on"
According to BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom, it is believed that Amir Khan “will fight again”, despite previously suggesting that he would retire.
Khan suffered a sixth-round defeat to rival Kell Brook on February 19, 2022.
Khan strongly hinted at retirement but now looks set for a change of heart.
Ben Shalom expects Khan to fight again but does not think a rematch against Brook should happen.
He said: “I think he’s [Khan] thinking about it [rematch clause], he’s still got another couple of weeks, but what I do know is he will fight again.
“I’m pretty sure that’s what he wants to do. It’s not for me as a promoter to tell a fighter when he should retire.
“He knows what went on in that ring, he knows what the lead-up was.
“Whether he fights on with myself or someone else, I don’t know, but I’m convinced Amir will fight on, or at least that’s what I’m hearing.
“But in terms of a rematch, I think the Brook vs Khan rematch shouldn’t happen. I don’t think it makes sense.
“But Amir’s his own man, he’ll do what he thinks is right for his career, he’s a legend of the sport. Who am I to say what he should do?
“Obviously we’ll wish him luck with whatever he does, and if he needs us we’ll be there to help.”
On what happens if Khan triggers the rematch clause, Shalom said:
“Look, it has to work commercially.
“People might think, ‘Oh, Ben’s in trouble here’. Honestly, we’re alright.
“It has to work commercially.”
While it appears as though Amir Khan will not retire, Shalom is unsure about Kell Brook’s future.
He added: “It’s hard to know. I think the current frontrunner is to retire.
“He had such a good performance and he’s going out on such a high.”
“He said it was the best night of his career, he waited for that chance so long against Amir Khan, he got it, he performed, and he looked a million dollars.
“So I think that’s the frontrunner [to retire], but when you look that good and when your trainer thinks you can go on as well, Dominic [Ingle] feels he can still go, that means you’re going to get options.
“So whether it’s Eubank Jr, whether it’s Conor Benn, Garcia, Thurman, even Josh Taylor might be an option, I don’t know, but he’s got fighters running to fight him now.
“He’s a star, he’s just sold out a huge event against Amir Khan, it did amazing numbers on pay-per-view.
“I think he’s still considering it. He is having a bit of time off, and then he probably look in the next week or two and decide whether he does hang up the gloves or he throws the dice and does another one or two.”