John Duddy quits boxing
John Duddy’s boxing career is over.
The middleweight star sensationally announced his retirement last night — despite being one win away from a world title fight.
Duddy had agreed a lucrative clash with Limerick’s Andy Lee in March in Connecticut, with the winner going on to box for the world title.
The Londonderry man said: “After a great deal of soul-searching, I have decided to retire from boxing. In many ways, continuing to fight would be the easy course of action.”
He added: “I have been offered the opportunity to fight Andy Lee on HBO for a purse in excess of $100,000.
“A win would put me in position to fight for a world championship. This is not an opportunity that I cast aside lightly. For more than 20 years, I loved being a boxer.
“I still feel that it’s an enormous honour to be a boxer, but I don’t love it anymore.
“I no longer have the enthusiasm and willingness to make the sacrifices that are necessary to honour the craft of prizefighting. I used to love going to the gym. Now it’s a chore.
“I wish I still had the hunger, but I don’t.
“The fire has burned out and I know myself well enough to know that it won’t return.”