Former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison has announced his retirement from boxing with immediate effect after a failed attempt to reignite his desire to fight.
The 43 year-old, who last fought in 2013 when being blasted out in seconds by current world champion Deontay Wilder, released an honest statement on his website outlining the fact that he no longer had the will to step between the ropes.
“I am no longer a professional boxer, and that’s good with me,” said Harrison.
“After locking myself away for the last five weeks, I’ve tried to focus and turn back the clock to get myself into fighting condition. I’ve also seen specialists for my brain, eyes and various other experts to test my body functions in regards to strength, power, speed, reaction time, cognitive function and agility.
“Additionally, I looked at the latest research into concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and after years of denial and sticking to my guns, I’m finally getting out in my own way.
“As tough as this is to say, it’s time to stop.
“I’ve suffered a few TBI’s and will have to work hard to reverse the effects taking punches to the head has brought about to my overall health.”
Harrison can claim two Prizefighter triumphs and a defining professional night when knocking out Michael Sprott with one punch to become EBU title holder, before ‘A-Force’ went on to lose his solitary world title shot against David Haye in 2010.
In 2000, the Londoner travelled to Sydney Olympics and became the first Brit to win the gold medal at the super heavyweight limit.
Read Audley Harrison’s full retirement statement here