Dave Allen has posted a video of himself being ‘knocked unconscious’ in sparring by Oleksandr Usyk final month, which prompted his choice to retire on Sunday morning.
The ‘White Rhino’ introduced through social media that he can be quitting the game and adopted up by answering questions from followers.
In response to 1 about his current sparring in Ukraine, Allen mentioned: “To be sincere, after I sparred Usyk he knocked me unconscious.
“I by no means went over, I completed the spherical. However I can bear in mind him hitting me.
“The remainder of the spherical – subsequent factor I knew I used to be stood exterior the ring, packing my bag.
“I used to be concussed, in order that was the final straw.
“I’m not an fool so I do know when it’s time to complete.
“Yeah, some huge cash may’ve been made, however at what value? Being embarrassed.
“Being damage is one factor, however being embarrassed is one other.”
He later uploaded the clip with the caption: “Right here is the spar with me and Usyk.
“Was the final spar and in the event you can hear at across the five-second mark I do a really loud snore.
“That is my final concept of what occurred for the subsequent 30 minutes however I didn’t go down.
“I completed the spherical however for all intents and functions I’m knocked out from the second the left lands.”
In his preliminary retirement assertion, Allen declared: “Whats up everybody, I hoped I might by no means have to jot down this message, by no means thoughts at 28 with my final battle being after I was 27 years previous.
“However I made the choice just a few nights in the past with my sister that I might not from that second on be knowledgeable fighter.
“Boxing has given me a life I may by no means have dreamed of.
“I had by no means been out of Doncaster however for varsity journeys till I began boxing and it’s taken me around the world from New York City to working males’s membership throughout the UK.
“In addition to seeing the world it has taken me from the child introduced up in a council home with yellow doorways sporting Umbro to a person who nonetheless wears Umbro however owns just a few homes and who has given myself an opportunity to present my future youngsters a life I may solely have dreamed of.
“On high of [that], and extra importantly, I’ve made the best mates, a few of them being my childhood heroes.
“The record of thanks can be far too lengthy however I hope everybody is aware of who they’re and know they’re appreciated.
“Lastly, the rationale for me calling it a day is easy – I don’t need to get punched anymore.
“Lengthy gone are the times of the child from donny who simply needs to battle.
“All I would like now could be a pleasant quiet life with a spouse and a few youngsters, wholesome and completely happy, getting good and fats.”