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6 Fighters Who Shocked The World With Their Retirements From Boxing

Teofimo Lopez, who shocked Josh Taylor by unanimously beating him on all three judges scorecards on Saturday night, has unexpectedly retired from boxing after stating that he has done everything he wanted to do. On Instagram he wrote: “What a relief! Retired at the Top. Thank you boxing for the amazing life you’ve provided for myself and my entire loved ones!”

At only 25 years old it would be surprising if he stuck to his word and not be tempted back to the sport, but that remains to be seen.

As inspiration, I am going to talk about xxx fighters who surprised the world when they hung up the gloves in an effort to move on to have a different life.

Let us know if you can come up with any more!

Steve Collins

Irishman Steve Collins made 7 defences of the WBO super-middleweight crown after shocking and giving Chris Eubank his first loss on March 18th, 1995. After a thrilling clash with Craig Cummings on July 5th,  1997 he made the then bizarre announcement to retire. Joe Calzaghe was the mandatory challenger for the title and the fight was all set to happen until Collins bowed out. The main reason given was that Steve was unable to secure a fight with Roy Jones Junior. Two years later, doctors confirmed that he suffered some damage to the brain and that it would be dangerous for him to continue his career.

Andre Ward

A few ex boxers can and could ever say that they quit after doing everything that they wanted. One of those few fighters would be Andre Ward. In September, 2017, Ward issued a statement on his official website telling the world of his exit from boxing. With a finishing record of 32-0 and 16 KO’s, the Californian will be remembered for being a two weight world champion and always getting the best of everybody he ever faced, even if his boxing style was a bit of an acquired taste. Being only 33, it was largely thought that Andre would have stayed in boxing for at least a couple of more years.

Kash Farooq

It isn’t known why one time prospect Kash Farooq retired at 26 years of age. Whether the specific reasons will ever be known is anybody’s guess. But the Commonwealth bantamweight championship challenger was once predicted by some to at least reach world honours after becoming the champion of Britain. His retirement statement thanked the British Boxing Board of Control for maintaining the safety of their boxers, so there is speculation that a health issue influenced the decision somewhat.

Marvin Hagler

Losing to “Sugar” Ray Leonard really hurt Marvin Hagler, to a point that he hung up the gloves when he could not get a rematch after controversially losing his WBC title on April 6th, 1987. Who really won is really down to opinion, which is exceedingly divided among experts and fight fans. It is also known that Marvin wanted to retire after beating Thomas Hearns April 15th, 1985. Would that have been considered even more premature? Over to you.

Kelly Pavlik

Kelly Pavlik

Motivation and a concern for his own health was the reason why 30 year old Kelly Pavlik decided to retire in 2013. It came as a bit of a surprise because it seemed as if he was on his way to climbing back up the title rankings once again after losing to Sergio Martinez in 2010 for the WBC and WBO middleweight belts. 10 years on, the 40-2 fighter has not yet gone back on his word. And now at 40, it is probably unlikely he ever will. Although stranger things have happened in boxing.

Timothy Bradley

Timothy Bradley

Like Andre Ward, Timothy Bradley is another boxer that fans gave too much of a hard time when he was fighting. He was never afraid to take on the best after overcoming the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez. His battle with Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov was Ring Magazine’s ‘Fight of the Year of 2013.’ And even though he lost to Pacquiao in their “rubber match” in 2016 few expected Timothy to walk away, which he did a year later.  He was cited as stating that Jeff Horn delivering so much punishment on Manny Pacquiao in Australia was the reason. Who can blame him, really? He paid his dues.