Feature | Feb 11 2015

EXCLUSIVE Darren Barker: ‘I wasn’t a born fighter. I just wanted to make my brother proud’

John Dennen speaks to a very happily retired Darren Barker
Darren Barker
Darren Barker  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

How is retirement?

It’s good. There’s more than a couple of things to put into the equation. The injuries were an absolute nightmare. I achieved far more than I ever dreamed of. I honestly did. Some people are born to fight, whether it’s boxing or in the army or other combat sports. I don’t think I ever was. I had my goals, which I more than surpassed. I’m just content. I’m really content.

What do you mean when you say you were never born to fight?