Welsh boxer Dale Evans has made the decision to hang up his gloves at the tender age of 26.
The former two-time British title challenger was involved in a tragic fight with Mike Towell in September 2016, which resulted in the death of the Scotsman following a fifth round stoppage in Glasgow.
Evans was never blamed and has been in contact with the Towell family since, but on the back of two more contests – including a loss to Bradley Skeete last summer – the St Clears man has decided to move on.
“My boxing days are over,” Evans confirmed.
“I’ve had a rollercoaster of a career, never backed out of a fight, didn’t care about the unbeaten record, I just got on with it in order to earn a few quid for myself.
“I worked alongside the boxing for the majority of my career because the money was never great.
“After walking into a boxing gym at the age of nine and turning professional at 19, boxing has been a big part of my life – it WAS my life.
“I haven’t achieved what I’d have liked to, but I did alright, I guess. Maybe I set the bar a bit high for myself or maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought I was, I don’t know.
“Either way, at 26, I thought the boxing would get me a house and I’d be moved into my own place by now (but) it didn’t.
“After some time out and questioning myself whether I’d fight again, a big fight was offered to me a few weeks ago.
“As always, I jumped at it! But the spark, the hunger and determination wasn’t there. Just worry and fear (and) I’ll openly admit. So that’s why I’ve made the decision I have.
“I’m so, so grateful for every single person who paid for tickets to come and support me, gave up their weekends to travel across the country to watch me fight. It’s something that will stick with me forever.
“I’m blessed to have such great people around me. And also a big thank you to all sponsors who got behind me from day one.
“Especially Castle Scaffolding who supported me financially for my final year,” he added.
Leaving behind a 13-4-2 record, Evans – who got married in the summer of 2017 – steps away with the best wishes of everyone involved in the sport after giving everything during a career which never really hit the heights he wanted.