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Retired boxer Amir Khan gets 2-year ban for doping

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Amir Khan, a retired British boxer, has been banned from all sports for two years after testing positive for a prohibited substance during his final fight.  

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Khan, a former light-welterweight world champion and Olympic silver medalist, tested positive for the anabolic substance ostarine following his loss to Kell Brook in Manchester in February 2022,  

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UK Anti-Doping announced Tuesday.Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator that promotes muscle building and, according to UKAD, is intended to have effects similar to testosterone.  

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Khan, who announced his retirement three months after the fight, admitted to violating anti-doping rules but said he did not knowingly swallow the chemical. An impartial panel accepted this after a hearing in January.His ban will end on April 5, 2024.  

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In response to the disclosure, Khan, speaking in London, told Sky News that he had "never cheated in my life."  

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"You can see from my performance against Kell Brook that I lost the bout. "If I went in there and knocked Kell Brook out, it would be different," he explained.  

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The 36-year-old Khan said he found it unusual that he was barred now that he had retired from boxing.  

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"If they ban me, they ban me," he declared. "I am retired anyway." Khan, one of the best British boxers of his period, retired with a 34-6 record, but his victory over Brook was disqualified by an independent tribunal.  

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It's a terrible end to a career that began with a gold medal at the 2003 Junior Olympics and a silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics at the age of 17.  

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Khan won the WBA light-welterweight title over Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester in July 2009, and he later unified the WBA and IBF titles with a victory against Zab Judah in 2011. He lost his next fight to Lamont Peterson, who later tested positive for synthetic testosterone.  

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