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Former world champion Ryan Burnett forced to retire from boxing at 27 due to injury

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Ryan Burnett

Former world bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett has announced his immediate retirement from boxing because of injuries.

The Belfast fighter defeated Lee Haskins by unanimous decision in June 2017 to claim the IBF crown at 118lbs and went on to unify the division later that year by outpointing WBA champion Zhanat Zhakiyanov.

However, Burnett suffered his first professional defeat when a back injury forced him to retire on his stool after four rounds in his World Boxing Super Series quarter-final against Nonito Donaire last year.

While he returned to winning ways against the unheralded Jelbirt Gomera in May this year, Burnett has decided to walk away from the sport aged only 27 and he retires with a record of 20 wins and only one loss.

He said: "Although my retirement is forced through injuries, I carry a heart full of satisfaction and gratitude.

"I have achieved my childhood dream and secured my future health, which is something no amount of money or titles can provide."

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