Audley Harrison has officially announced his retirement from boxing
Audley Harrison has officially announced his retirement from boxing following his defeat to Deontay Wilder.
Last Updated: 01/05/13 3:52pm
Harrison sprung to fame by winning super-heavyweight gold at the Sydney Olympics but his professional career never lived up to that promise.
The only recognised belt he won was the European title, when knocked out Michael Sprott in the final round of their 2010 clash.
He immediately relinquished that to fight then-world champion David Haye for the WBA strap, only for his fellow Briton and former sparring partner to dish out a one-sided beating.
Harrison astounded fans and critics alike with numerous comebacks from defeat, however he now accepts his quest to win a world title is over for good.
"There are only so many times you can fall before it becomes foolhardy to continue," the 41-year-old said in a statement. "I've fallen a lot, but winning the heavyweight title was a destination I really wanted to get to.
"Coming back from adversity has been synonymous with my life. I've done well to turn my life around, but sadly my dream to be a legitimate world champion will be unrealised.
"Our life is a one time deal, no rehearsals, so the regrets I have, I live with and accept...I got focused a little late in life, so I've had to learn some tough lessons along the way."
While often derided for failing to live up to his own hype, his Olympic victory nevertheless opened the funding floodgates for the sport that has led to Team GB's successes at the last two Games.
He retires with a professional record of 31 wins and seven losses.