Updated: Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:27 | By Agence France-Presse

Former middleweight champion Barker retires

British former IBF middleweight world champion Darren Barker announced his retirement due to injury on Wednesday.


Former middleweight champion Barker retires

Britain's Darren Barker poses during the official weigh-in his IBF world middleweight bout against Felix Sturm in Stuttgart, Germany, on December 6, 2013

The 31-year-old took the IBF title with a points win over Australian Daniel Geale last year, only to lose his first title defence 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."

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