Issue | News | Premium | Sep 26 2019

Barry McGuigan’s first managerial signing announces he’s to retire after bittersweet career

Troy James started out with hopes and dreams but like so many he found himself ground down by the hardest of trades. Matt Bozeat reports on his retirement
Troy James
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AS Barry McGuigan’s first managerial signing, Troy James was national news. A decade on, James is retiring with “bittersweet” memories of a career during which he has seen most things in boxing.

He started out as a prospect on Sky Sports who sparred Carl Frampton, then drifted off to the small halls to build towards a British title fight that he lost before ending his career as a journeyman who fought Luke Campbell at 24 hours’ notice.

“Looking back, I think: ‘What did I do that for?’” the 35-year-old told Boxing News. “I hadn’t even been in the gym for two months. I thought I could go on the road and make money, but it’s not me. I want to win.”

Luke Campbell
Troy James fought Luke Campbell at short notice Action Images/Andrew Couldridge