Carl Frampton insists he will never make a boxing comeback after recently retiring from the sport.
The former two division world champion called it quits after suffering a sixth round TKO loss to Jamel Herring earlier this month.
During a recent interview with the BBC, the 34-year-old explained that he has been ready to retire for a long time and is happy to have walked away from the sport.
“I’ve been ready to retire for quite a while, I’m kind of relieved it’s over and I’m at ease with it – I can focus on family life now,” Frampton said.
“People worry if they’re going to miss that buzz – I won’t. Boxing’s like a 24/7 job – you have a fight, you win hopefully but even on your holidays you’re thinking about your next fight, thinking about how much you can eat and how much weight you are going to put on. I don’t have to do that any more. Events that I missed, things like school sports days that I’ve missed because I was away on the camp – I don’t have to miss things like that.
“I knew going into the fight – win, lose or draw – I was going to retire. People were talking about a big one in the summer at Windsor Park if I had beaten Herring but I was calling it a day after it. I wanted to go out on top – I didn’t. His jab wasn’t a particularly fast jab but I couldn’t get out of the way of it. A couple of years ago I might have got out of the way of it so I’ve lost that split-second of timing and awareness. I suppose that’s the small percentages that get you to the top and I don’t have it any more.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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