BOXER Anthony Ogogo has retired from the sport after admitting defeat in his bid to recover from sickening eye injuries.
The London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist has not fought since October 2016 when he was stopped by Craig Cunningham in the eighth round.
After the fight it was revealed that Ogogo had suffered a broken eye socket – in the ringside photos you can clearly see his eye hanging lower than it should.
The 30-year-old uploaded an emotional seven page statement to his social media accounts where he spoke of his sadness that he has had to hang the gloves up for good.
He also revealed he has had seven operations on his eyes in the last two-and-a-half years, and 17 in total throughout his career.
The first part of the statement read: “Accepting the end gracefully is part of being a professional athlete.
“Calling an end to dreams that are left unfulfilled is the hardest part.
“Life is all about doing your best with the cards you have been dealt; that is what I have done time after time.
“Sadly after 7 operations on my eyes in 2 and a half years, I am forced to admit they are too damaged for me to safely return to the boxing ring.
“With a heavy heart I have to retire from professional boxing with my dreams unfulfilled.”
Ogogo suffered a dislocated eye socket in two places in his first ever pro defeat back in 2016 and hasn’t fought for more than two years.
Back in November the middleweight admitted he was in the last-chance saloon in a series of emotional twitter posts.
His career was beset by injuries.
First Ogogo, who has also starred in Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing, and Bear Grylls’ The Island, ruptured his Achilles and was out for a year.
He had only seven professional fights by this point.
The 30-year-old then had four straight wins before he was stopped by Cunningham.
He spoke after the fight to say that he was visually impaired by 78 per cent and that his eye “basically exploded”.
He was actually registered as blind and lost his driving licence.
In his statement, that he shared to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, Ogogo expresses his sadness that he will “never get the chance to realise my true potential”.
But rather than be “bitter”, Ogogo says he has chosen to be “better”, and will “learn from everything” that he has been through.
He goes on to describe the injuries that have plagued his career, including the eye issues, shoulder dislocations, broken bones and damaged ligaments and tendons.
Ogogo then thanks all the people who have helped him throughout his career, from rookie boxer to Olympic medallist and then pro boxer.
He reserves the highest praise for his wife Casey, who he says has “been there, supported and believed in me when others didn’t”.
In a real emotive section, he describes how she “took him to the toilet when he couldn’t walk and helped him cross the road when he couldn’t see”.
He adds that he will be “forever in your debt”