James DeGale, a former super-middleweight world champion and an Olympic gold winner, has announced his retirement from boxing.
The British boxer’s retirement comes ten years on from his debut in the sport back in 2009.
He announced his decision through a post on social media on Thursday morning.
DeGale’s decision comes soon after a unanimous points loss to Chris Eubank last weekend on Saturday. Eubank Jr was floored twice during the match.
‘Chunky’ was the first British boxer to have won the Olympic gold as an amateur during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
— James DeGale (@jamesdegale1) February 28, 2019
He turned professional the following year, and despite defeat early in his career to former gym mate George Groves, he went on to win the British, European and World titles in the super-middleweight division.
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 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”
“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 win. There’s nothing left to prove.”
One of DeGale’s biggest wins was against American Andre Dirrell back in 2015 when he won the IBF world title in Boston.
He lost his IBF strap to American Caleb Truax in December 2017 but he won the belt back in a rematch a few months later.