Deion Jumah has announced that he has been forced to retire from professional boxing after suffering a detached retina for a second time.
In a statement posted to his Instagram, Jumah said his “health comes first” and described the sport as his “best friend but greatest adversary.”
“I knew this day would eventually come but just hoped it wouldnt have been so soon. Another detached retina puts me out of a British title fight just 2 weeks before fight night, unfortunately this brings an early end to my professional boxing career“, Jumah said.
“This sport has taught me EVERYTHING. It’s given me as much as it’s taken away…my best friend but greatest adversary…. A Love Hate relationship! For far too long I measured my self worth by how well I do in a fight, by what titles i won, by how far I could go in this sport. It’s only today as I’m writing this ,ready to retire, that I’m am totally content with the graft iv put in, with the wins and the loses…. I’m ready for whatever’s next.”
The thirty-three-year-old was set to challenge for the vacant British cruiserweight title versus Mikael Lawal on November 27th at Alexandra Palace.
The Lord Lonsdale belt was next on Jumah’s hit list following his acquisition of the Southern Area and English cruiserweight titles since 2018.
The Hammersmith man’s career ends with an impressive record of 14-1-0 (7KOs), with his sole professional defeat coming to Richard Riakporhe in his most recent outing.