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John Duddy quits boxing

By David Kelly

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.”

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