Amir Khan, the former world champion boxer, has been banned from all sports for two years. After he was found guilty of having ostarine, a banned performance-enhancing drug, in his system. On the night he lost to his bitter rival Kell Brook last year.
Former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan has been banned for two years from all sports. After returning a positive dope test result, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said on Tuesday. The ban is deemed to have commenced on April 6, 2022, when his provisional suspension was imposed, and will expire on 5 April 2024.
Amir underwent a dope test following his defeat against Kell Brooks in February, last year. Which returned a positive result for the anabolic agent ostarine. Ostarine – present on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list – is a drug designed to have similar effects to testosterone. It is prohibited in all sports at all times. Amir, who received a two-year ban over the doping violation, had already retired from professional boxing in May last year. He accepted a violation of anti-doping rules but said he had not intentionally ingested the substance.
In reacting to his ban, he continues to deny any wrongdoing. “You can see by my performance against Kell Brook [that it] wasn’t the best. I lost the fight. If I went in there and knocked Kell Brook out it is different. I have never cheated in my life, I am the one who wanted the testing done,” he said.
“The amount that was in my system could have come from shaking peoples’ hands. I don’t know what the drug was in my system. I will give my views, but, as I say, I have never cheated in my life.
“And I would never cheat. I am a retired fighter, and I have got this two-year ban now, which is quite strange. I have already retired anyway. No comeback plans at all,” he told.
Amir Khan’s Legacy
Khan became a household name in Britain after claiming a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, aged just 17.
He made his professional debut in July 2005 and four years later won the WBA light-welterweight title with victory over Andreas Kotelnik in Manchester.
Khan unified the WBA and IBF titles with a win over Zab Judah in 2011 but controversially lost his next fight to Lamont Peterson, who would subsequently test positive for synthetic testosterone.
He retired with a record of 34 wins and six defeats from 40 bouts.