Former Olympic and world champion boxer James DeGale retires at age 33
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The first British boxer to win Olympic gold and then go on to win a professional world title, James DeGale, has retired from boxing ten years after making his professional debut. The British boxer has retired after he suffered defeat against Chris Eubank Jr this Saturday. After being floored twice in the fight DeGale retires with a record of 25-3-1, with 15 of these wins coming by knockout. Before beginning his journey into professional boxing DeGale became an Olympic champion at the Beijing Games in 2008 after beating Cuba's Emilio Correa in the final. DeGale became a world champion when he beat Andre Dirrell on points to claim the then-vacant IBF super-middleweight title back in May 2015. DeGale held the title for over two years before losing it to Caleb Traux in December 2017, before defeating the American in a rematch the following April. After regaining his title DeGale gave up his belt in July 2018 to allow his focus to be on fights of his choice rather than mandatory
Going into last weekends fight DeGale admitted he would "knock it on the head" if he lost the bout.
Today DeGale said: "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's 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 first boxer to react to DeGale's news is Tony Bellew.
Enjoy brother it’s more than deserved!— Anthony Bellew (@TonyBellew) February 28, 2019