News | Feb 28 2019

James DeGale retires from boxing

The James DeGale retirement announcement in full
James DeGale
James-DeGale  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

James DeGale retires – his statement

TODAY marks ten years since my professional debut fight on 28th February 2009 and today is the day I am announcing my retirement from boxing.

It’s been an unbelievable journey and I’ve had an amazing decade – if I’m honest, the best years of my life – and having started boxing at the age of nine then being selected as part of the England Amateurs squad, I’ve collected many memories along the way.

It hard to admit that I’m not the fighter I once was, but I’m human and along the way, my injuries have taken a toll – both on mind and body and these things have contributed to impact my performance in the ring.