Audley Harrison retires from boxing

Metro

Former Olympic champion Audley Harrison has quit boxing just days after his seventh defeat in the paid ranks.

Super-heavyweight champion at the Sydney 2000 Games, Harrison boldly predicted great things for himself as a pro. Sadly for him, it didn’t pan out as he’d hoped.

Even before Saturday’s first-round knockout by Deontay Wilder he was vowing to become world heavyweight champ, but in truth he never got close to a shot at the big boys in a career of 38 largely underwhelming bouts.

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In a statement entitled ‘I’m Retiring’, the 41-year-old said: ‘There are only so many times you can fall before it becomes foolhardy to continue.

‘I’ve fallen a lot, but winning the heavyweight title was a destination I really wanted to get to. Coming back from adversity has been synonymous with my life.

‘I’ve done well to…

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