Audley Harrison has officially announced his retirement from boxing

Last Updated: 01/05/13 3:52pm

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Audley Harrison has officially announced his retirement from boxing following his defeat to Deontay Wilder at the weekend.

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.

Harrison Factfile

1998 Won Commonwealth Games
2000 Won Olympics
2001 Turned pro
2002 Relocated to America
2004 Won WBF title
2005 Lost to Danny Williams
2007 KO'd by Michael Sprott
2009 Won Prizefighter
2010 Beat Michael Sprott to win European title
2010 Lost to David Haye
2012 KO'd in first round by David Price
2013Won Prizefighter International
2013KO'd in first round by Deontay Wilder

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.

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