• FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION BARKER RETIRES

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    LONDON: British former International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight world champion Darren Barker announced his retirement because of injury on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). The 31-year-old took the IBF title with a points win over Australian Daniel Geale last year, only to lose his first title defense against Felix Sturm in December after a long-standing hip problem flared up. “I’m so proud and happy at what I’ve achieved,” said Barker, who dedicated his success to his late brother, Gary. “When I won my first national title as a kid I could have retired a happy boy then, so to have won all the major titles possible for me, I’m a very, very happy man. I did this all for my brother Gary—we did it mate! I’m now looking forward to sitting back and being a keen fan and wishing all my fellow countrymen all the best in their careers.”

    AFP

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