Carl Frampton confirmed he’ll cling up his gloves after his devastating defeat to Jamel Herring.
The Belfast-born fighter noticed his bid to change into Eire’s first-ever three-weight world champion shattered on Saturday when his nook threw within the towel within the sixth spherical of the WBO super-featherweight contest in Dubai.
Frampton, who mentioned earlier than the combat that he would name it a day if he misplaced, was twice knocked down by the American, who was in management all through the combat.
The 34-year-old scrambled again to his ft after the second of these knockdowns within the sixth spherical and took an eight depend.
He tried to proceed however was clearly imbalanced and struggling and the tip got here with one minute and 40 seconds of the sixth spherical gone.
“I mentioned earlier than I might retire if I misplaced this combat and that’s precisely what I’m going to do,” a visibly emotional Frampton mentioned within the ring.
“I simply need to dedicate my life to my household now. Boxing has been good to me, it’s additionally been dangerous to me.
“The previous couple of years with these boys [trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis], have been the perfect few years of my profession.
“I simply need to go dwelling to my stunning spouse and children and that’s it.”
On the combat itself, Frampton advised Channel 5: “I simply bought beat by the higher man. I actually struggled to get inside him.
“He’s sharp-shooting, from a distance, and had an ideal sport plan. Zero excuses.”
Herring, 35, paid tribute to his overwhelmed opponent after the win – his 23rd in 25 outings.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster simply to get right here. Folks doubted me, they referred to as me each title within the e book however, even with the minimize, I wasn’t going to stop.
“Carl Frampton has been an amazing champion. I’ve been a fan since day one. It’s robust to see any veteran exit like that, I’m glad he is ready to stroll out on his two ft. It has been an incredible night time.”