British boxer Kell Brook retires after settling Khan ‘feud’

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Kell Brook, right, punches Shawn Porter during their boxing fight for the IBF welterweight title in Carson, Calif.  Kell Brook retires from boxing.  The 36-year-old Briton was world welterweight champion from 2014 to 2017. His last fight was victory over long-time rival Amir Khan in a grudge match in February.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

FILE – In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Kell Brook, right, punches Shawn Porter during their boxing fight for the IBF welterweight title in Carson, Calif. Kell Brook retires from boxing. The 36-year-old Briton was world welterweight champion from 2014 to 2017. His last fight was victory over long-time rival Amir Khan in a grudge match in February. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

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Kell Brook is retiring from boxing.

The 36-year-old Briton, who was world welterweight champion from 2014 to 2017, said in an interview with British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph: “It’s over for me. I will never box again.

His last fight was his victory over his longtime rival Amir Khan in a grudge match in February.

“The truth is, boxing is a very, very tough and dangerous sport,” Brook said in the article published Saturday, “a sport in which you can be legally killed in the ring, and I’m done now with all my faculties intact.”

The best moment of Brook’s career came when he defeated Shawn Porter to win the world title in 2014. He was beaten by Gennady Golovkin, Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford but was cheered on in the process.

Brook appeared to be heading for retirement, but his resilience eventually led him into a fight with Khan, which he mightily won with a sixth-round stoppage, to end his career 40-3.

“I needed the fight from Khan, I needed to settle the grudge, the feud,” he said. .”

Brook said he would now like to train or manage young fighters.

“I just want to be remembered,” he said, “as a fighter who would go with anyone, fear no one and give the fans what they wanted.”

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Naomi C. Amerson