Carl Frampton confirmed he will hang up his gloves after his devastating defeat to Jamel Herring.
The Belfast-born fighter saw his bid to become Ireland’s first-ever three-weight world champion shattered on Saturday when his corner threw in the towel in the sixth round of the WBO super-featherweight contest in Dubai.
Frampton, who said before the fight that he would call it a day if he lost, was twice knocked down by the American, who was in control throughout the fight.
The 34-year-old scrambled back to his feet after the second of those knockdowns in the sixth round and took an eight count.
He tried to continue but was clearly imbalanced and struggling and the end came with one minute and 40 seconds of the sixth round gone.
“I said before I would retire if I lost this fight and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” a visibly emotional Frampton said in the ring.
“I just want to dedicate my life to my family now. Boxing has been good to me, it’s also been bad to me.
“The last few years with these boys [trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis], have been the best few years of my career.
“I just want to go home to my beautiful wife and kids and that’s it.”
On the fight itself, Frampton told Channel 5: “I just got beat by the better man. I really struggled to get inside him.
“He is sharp-shooting, from a distance, and had a perfect game plan. Zero excuses.”
Herring, 35, paid tribute to his beaten opponent after the win – his 23rd in 25 outings.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster just to get here. People doubted me, they called me every name in the book but, even with the cut, I wasn’t going to quit.
“Carl Frampton has been a tremendous champion. I have been a fan since day one. It is tough to see any veteran go out like that, I am glad he is able to walk out on his two feet. It has been a great night.”