Boxing: Former middleweight champion Barker retires

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

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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