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Kell Brook announces retirement from boxing

 

Kell Brook has announced his retirement from boxing, with the former welterweight world champion calling time on his career at the age of 36.

In February, Brook defeated his arch-rival Amir Khan via a sixth-round knockout at the AO Arena in Manchester in the pair's long-anticipated bout.

Brook's career record reads 40 wins and three losses in 43 professional fights, 28 of those wins by knockout. His three defeats came against middleweight Gennady Golovkin, and welterweights Terence Crawford and Errol Spence.

Announcing the decision in an interview with the Telegraph, Brook said: "I've had a long chat with my family and my parents, and it's over for me. I'll never box again.

"It's a little emotional to be actually saying this out loud. My mum is relieved. I think everyone around me is pleased.

Truth is, boxing is a very, very tough, dangerous sport, one in which you can be legally killed in the ring, and I've finished now with all my faculties intact."

Asked if he could ever be tempted out of retirement for a future comeback, the Sheffield-born fighter said: "I just don't see it. It's not there anymore."

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