Tony Jeffries retires from boxing due to injury

Olympic medallist Jeffries quits boxing due to hand injuries

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10:54 GMT, 23 September 2012

Britain's former Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries has announced his retirement from professional boxing due to injuries to both hands.

The Sunderland light-heavyweight, who made the Olympic podium in Beijing four years ago, joined the paid ranks soon afterwards and was undefeated with nine wins and a draw, his last fight taking place in September 2011.

Over his career he developed injuries which required surgery, with a hole in a knuckle and a tear in his left hand proving insurmountable obstacles as he attempted to return to the ring.

End of the road: Tony Jeffries has quit boxing due to injuries to both his hands

End of the road: Tony Jeffries has quit boxing due to injuries to both his hands

'Today my boxing career is officially over. After injuries to both hands, I've had to accept I will not fight again,' Jeffries wrote on his Facebook page.

Punching became painful for Jeffries and the 27-year-old conceded defeat after one final training session.

'I tried last week for the first time in 10 months, but before I even did it I knew it was going to hurt because just making a fist still hurts. I was right,' he said.

'It seems I've been lying to myself for so long hoping it would get right.

'I suppose I just didn't want to come to the reality of not being able to fight again. Now I'm absolutely gutted to say I have no other option.'