Carson Jones announces retirement three days shy of 28th birthday

Phil Jay 16/08/2014

Rugged American fighter Carson Jones has stated that he will hang up his gloves at the tender age of 27 a year on from his final fight with world title challenger Kell Brook.

The 147-154lber lost via an eighth round stoppage to Brook in the United Kingdom in July 2013 and was due to fight again this summer, but has opted instead to announce what seems a premature retirement.

“(It’s a) sad day for me, but today I am officially retiring from boxing. (I’ve) had some ups and downs, but I’m done,” said Jones on his Facebook page, ending a career spanning almost a decade and consisting of 35 wins, 10 losses, 3 draws and 2 no contests.

The high point of Jones’ stint in boxing ironically came against his last opponent as the Oklahoma slugger took Brook to the wire on his home patch in Sheffield two years ago and some would say way unlucky not to get at least a draw from the majority decision defeat.

Jones also ended the undefeated run of Tyrone Brunson in 2009, a fighter who had claimed 20 knockouts from 21 wins before being halted in eight rounds at the Chumash in California.

All in all, the always busy Jones was an entertaining fighter and rarely involved in dull encounters as he picked up several domestic honours and a fringe WBC belt in his time in the sport.

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