British heavyweight David Price confirms retirement from boxing

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British heavyweight David Price has announced his retirement from the sport, two years after his last fight.

Price, who won British and Commonwealth titles during his career, won his first 15 professional fights after taking bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

A bout against Tyson Fury was touted, with Price beating his fellow Briton in the amateurs in 2006, but the Liverpudlian’s career was derailed by a pair of successive stoppage defeats to American veteran Tony Thompson.

He had pockets of success after that but retires with a record of 25 wins and seven defeats, the last of which came two years ago in what proved to be his final fight, stopped in the fourth round by compatriot Derek Chisora.

Price told BT Sport Boxing: “I haven’t officially announced that I’ve retired, but I have. I’m not going to be fighting again. You won’t see me in a boxing ring again, for a fight at least.

“That was only officially made up in my mind about six weeks ago.”

The 38-year-old added in a post on Instagram: “Word is out that I’ve hung the gloves up so I better confirm myself. It was a great journey. I hope I entertained. But the time is right for me to call it a day.

“Boxing is a tough sport and I’ve got out the other side. There’s too many people to thank for their support and input. Family, friends, trainers, managers, promoters, opponents and my fans. I owe you all. Thanks.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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