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.”