Matthew Macklin has revealed the reasons behind his recently announced retirement, despite winning his last fight.
The middleweight boxer, born in Birmingham to Irish parents, said he would hang up his gloves if he failed to beat Brian Rose last month, but despite winning, the 34-yearold has said that he knows his body has had enough of professional fighting.
In his statement he said: “Last month, at the O2 Arena in London, around the half way point in my fight with Brian Rose, I knew it was time to retire. My face was marking up, I was getting frustrated at not being able to land my shots and I knew that physically, after a long career my body was telling me that enough was enough.
“I also knew that I didn’t want to go out like that so with the help of my brother Seamus I decided to end my career on my terms and pulled the win out of the bag in the last few rounds.
Deep down I came to the realisation on the night that it was probably going to be my last fight. I turn 34 in two days time and, after much reflection I have decided that following 24 years in the sport, over 80 amateur fights and 41 professional fights, it is time to hang up my gloves”
“Fifteen years is a long time in professional boxing and, for me, it has been a real rollercoaster journey! I’ve had a great career but I know that now is the right time to bow out. I’m not the fighter I once was; Father Time catches up with us all eventually.
“I never wanted to do things the easy way or to be a big fish in a small pond. I wanted to know how good I was and test myself against the very best the sport had to offer and I can proudly say I did that. I fought Sturm, Sergio Martinez and the best of them all Gennady Golovkin. Most importantly, I fought them all in their primes.
“While I’m very grateful that boxing gave me such wonderful moments it’s a sport that demands a lot of sacrifice. You miss out on a lot of things so I’m excited to move on to the next phase of my life now.”
While Katie Taylor’s shock defeat to Yana Alekseevna delayed her prospects for Rio, another five Irish boxers have secured places in this summer’s Olympics.