Former world champion Darren Barker has announced his retirement from boxing

Former world champion Darren Barker has announced his retirement from boxing.

Barker achieved his greatest moment in the sport last year, taking the IBF middleweight belt with a courageous victory over Daniel Geale in August.

But the Barnet fighter suffered a serious hip injury in his first title defence, a second-round stoppage defeat by Felix Sturm in December.

A string of injuries have disrupted the 31-year-old's career in recent years and he made the tough decision to hang up his gloves after this latest setback.

"I've been struggling with injuries for a while now and that coupled with achieving my ultimate goal, I thought it was the right time" 
Darren Barker

"I've been struggling with injuries for a while now and that coupled with achieving my ultimate goal, I thought it was the right time," Barker told Sky Sports News.

"I wasn't feeling anything in the fights previous to that. It's unfortunate, but I've achieved my ultimate goal. I don't think you'll find many happier retired fighters than myself and I look forward to the future now."

When asked if he could change his mind in the future, Barker said: "No chance. You won't see me in a ring again.

"I hope I stay within the sport in some capacity, but it's a mixture of my body and my desire fading a little bit you know.

"A lot of people are aware of my brother passing away and my goal was always to win a world title for him and I managed to do that.

"I think once I did win the world title, a little bit of my drive and ambition faded a little bit. I'm very happy, I'm so proud of what I managed to achieve."

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