Olympic gold medallist and former super-middleweight world champion, James DeGale has taken a final step out of boxing at age 33.
De Gale disclosed on social media that he is retiring from the sport on the 10th year anniversary of his boxing debut which follows a unanimous points decision loss to Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night where the two-time world champion was floored twice.
The 33-year-old was the first professional British boxer to win Olympic gold before going on to win a world title in the pro ranks.
“Today marks ten years since my professional debut fight on 28th February 2009 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.
“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.” He said
DeGale became Olympic champion at the Beijing Games in 2008 after beating Cuba’s Emilio Correa in the final.
DeGale ends his professional career with 25 wins, three defeats and one draw.
By Olukayode Oniwinde