Two-time world champion James DeGale has decided to hang up the gloves following defeat to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night.
He lost the fight he himself had dubbed ‘the retirement fight’ and has stayed true to his word, calling time on his illustrious career that saw him become the first Brit to win Olympic gold and a world title.
DeGale, 33, said: “Today marks ten years since my professional debut fight and today is the day I am announcing my retirement from boxing.
“It’s been an unbelievable journey and I’ve had an amazing decade – if I’m honest, the best years of my life – and having started boxing at the age of nine then being selected as part of the England Amateurs squad, I’ve collected many memories along the way.
“It hard to admit that I’m not the fighter I once was, but I’m human and along the way, my injuries have taken a toll – both on mind and body and these things have contributed to impact my performance in the ring.
“I lost the fight on Saturday at The O2 but I’m touched to have a good send off from the fans in my home city.
“The day after the fight, someone said to me that one fight does not determine a legacy.
“Looking back, if someone had told me at the start of my boxing career, when I was in the England squad, that I would become an Olympic gold medalist, British and European champion and two-time world champion, I would never have believed them, but I did it and I’d like to think I did it the clean, honest and hard way with discipline and respect to the sport I love.
“I’m proud to say that I’ve made history as the first ever British Olympian boxer to turn professional and to win a world title and I am also proud to have been a road warrior – to travel wherever I needed to be to fight and to win. There’s nothing left to prove.
“A majority of the greats go out on loss and for me, it’s time to hang up the gloves and to move on with my head held high.”