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Former British featherweight champion Jamie McKeever has hung up his gloves calling time on his 12-year professional career.
The 30-year-old from Birkenhead suffered his fifth consecutive defeat two weeks ago and after a week of soul searching is walking away from the sport he loves.
“I’ve had a great career, achieved so much and made so many great friends but now it’s time to walk away,” he he told the Liverpool Echo.
“I just don’t have it any more, It’s a young man’s game and I’ve had my time.”
The highlight of McKeever’s career was undoubtedly his reign as British featherweight champion in 2003 – the culmination of his career defining double-header with Liverpool’s Tony Mulholland, when the two the two fought for the World Boxing Foundation Intercontinental featherweight title, Central Area featherweight title and the British featherweight title. McKeever won the first fight in 2002 with an hard fought points win, and then stopped Mullholland in six rounds in the return.
“I’d like to thank my friends and family for support and also all the coaches who helped me.
“John Cannon, who is not with us any more, Franny Hands, Gerry Storey father and son, Tony and John Carroll and also my last trainer Mickey Allen, a real student of the game.
“Thanks to everybody too who ever supported me.”