Sport : Boxing

Jeffries forced to quit

23rd September 2012, 10:47am

Tony Jeffries: Announced his retirement because of injury

Tony Jeffries: Announced his retirement because of injury

Britain's former Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries has announced his retirement from professional boxing due to injuries to both hands.

The Sunderland light-heavyweight, who made the Olympic podium in Beijing four years ago, joined the paid ranks soon afterwards and was undefeated with nine wins and a draw, his last fight taking place in September 2011.

Over his career he developed injuries which required surgery, with a hole in a knuckle and a tear in his left hand proving insurmountable obstacles as he attempted to return to the ring.

"Today my boxing career is officially over. After injuries to both hands, I've had to accept I will not fight again," Jeffries wrote on his Facebook page.

Punching became painful for Jeffries and the 27-year-old conceded defeat after one final training session.

"I tried last week for the first time in 10 months, but before I even did it I knew it was going to hurt because just making a fist still hurts. I was right," he said.

"It seems I've been lying to myself for so long hoping it would get right.

"I suppose I just didn't want to come to the reality of not being able to fight again. Now I'm absolutely gutted to say I have no other option."

Boxing Videos

    Better late than never

    Better late than never

    26-February-2015

    Ricky Hatton says Mayweather v Pacquiao just had to happen and he is still undecided over who will win.

    Mayweather v Pacquiao - The facts so far

    Mayweather v Pacquiao - The facts so far

    26-February-2015

    The preparations that have already been agreed for the mega fight on May 2nd.

    British duo can come again

    British duo can come again

    26-February-2015

    Both Martin Murray and Paul Smith are convinced they are still capable of winning world titles.

    A magic March for boxing

    A magic March for boxing

    26-February-2015

    Boxing fans can expect three world title fights and plenty of excitement on Sky Sports in March

    Sky Bet

    Facebook Favourites