DeGale announces retirement from boxing

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

James DeGale retires: Former Olympic & world champion quits at 33

"My injuries have taken a toll, both on mind and body, and these things have contributed to impact my performance in the ring".

Former two-time super middleweight world champion James DeGale announced his retirement on Thursday days after he took a pummelling from fellow Briton Chris Eubank Junior.

The 33-year-old did last the full 12 rounds, but lost on points as all three judges voted for Eubank Jr, who in turn won the vacant IBO super-middleweight title.

After relinquishing his belt he went on to fight twice, In September 2018, DeGale stopped journeyman Fidel Muñoz in the round 3 to record his first stoppage win in 6 fights dating back to November 2014.

DeGale was very open and honest about his future in the sport if he were to lose to Eubank at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, and after being outclassed and outboxed for the majority of the fight, his retirement comes as no surprise to the boxing faithful.

"Today marks 10 years since my professional debut fight on 28 February 2009", said DeGale.

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'It's been an unbelievable journey and I've had an fantastic 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.

"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".

He became Olympic gold medalist at the Beijing Olympic Games back in 2008 after defeating Cuba's Emilio Correa in the final fight.

He recovered to claim the European boxing title in his next bout against Piotr Wilczewski as DeGale started another winning streak which peaked at about 2015 when he defeated Andre Dirrell in Boston, USA.

Defeat to Caleb Truax in December 2017 saw him lose the title, but DeGale went to Nevada a year ago to reclaim the championship against the same man.

DeGale finishes his professional career with 25 wins, three defeats and one draw.

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