The UK Anti-Doping agency says, Retired British boxer Amir Khan has been banned from all sport for two years after the prohibited substance ostarine was detected in his sample following his fight against Kell Brook last February.
Former light-welterweight world champion Khan, 36, announced his retirement last May after his sixth-round stoppage defeat to fellow Briton Brook on Feb. 19. If he were to return he would be unable to fight until April 2024.
The UKAD website states that ostarine is a drug designed to have similar effects to testosterone. It is present on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list as an anabolic agent and is prohibited in sport at all times.
Khan, who had expressed concerns over a lack of drug testing before his fight against Brook, accepted that he broke anti-doping rules but said it was not intentional. Khan’s ban began on April 6, 2022 and will expire on April 5 next year.
Khan won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics as a teenager and turned professional a year later.
He won the WBA light-welterweight title with victory over Ukraine’s Andreas Kotelnik in 2009 and added the IBF title in 2011 when he beat American Zab Judah.
Khan retired with a record of 34 wins and six losses, although his defeat to Brook was disqualified by the panel.