Khan retires after loss

AN emotional Wahid Khan announced his retirement from professional boxing after he was outsmarted by Tomu Gaunavou in the 6 x 3 minute contest.

After losing to Siliveni Nawai last December, Khan was hoping to get his career back on track with a rematch against Nawai on the cards after Saturday night’s fight in Nadi.

But with age catching up, Khan did not last the distance against Gaunavou who was fighting only his second professional fight.

Khan came out strongly in the opening round going in to look for the killer blow.

In the third round Khan used up all his energy to try and knock out Gaunavou who cleverly evaded Khan’s onslaught.

At the end of the round Khan ran out of breath, a clear sign of lack of fitness.

He hung on to the ring near his corner and was helped to the seat.

He shook his head and ordered his cornerman to throw in the towel.

Following the announcement for the cornerman to leave the ring for the start of the fifth round, referee Fatu Tuimanono intervened and after looking at Khan’s status and finally Khan’s aides surrendered.

Khan’s record on stands at 36 bouts, 14 wins, 17 losses and 5 draws.

The 40-year-old was in tears as he took the microphone to announce his retirement in front of fans at Prince Charles Park after 17 years of professional boxing.

The Lautoka hairdresser said his focus would be to train his son and other upcoming boxers in the Sugar City.

Khan made his professional debut in 1999 against Josefa Duba.

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