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FLASH| Ola Afolabi quits boxing

by on March 17, 2016
 

Former world champion Ola Afolabi (22-5-4, 11 KOs) has decided to quit the rings on his 36th birthday anniversary.
‘The Traveling Warrior’, who has shared the ring with almost every world class fighter in the cruiser and heavyweight divisions over the last 10 years, made the announcement on his facebook page.
36-year-old Afolabi lost his last fight to former WBO cruiserweight Marco Huck by a 10th round knockout last February at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Afolabi’s left eye swelled up badly, and that was the reason why the fight was halted.
Afolabi wanted to get out of the sport while he still had his mental faculties in order.
“When you get old, the first things you lose are timing and reflexes. Although I tried my very best and worked really hard, I lost the fight,” he wrote, referring to his fourth meeting with Huck.
Afolabi got a raw deal in his first three fights with Huck, because he appeared to win those fights. Instead, he was given two defeats and a draw. The money obviously was good for Afolabi in the three Huck fights, but it was disappointing that he was beaten in all of his fights against him.
At 36, Afolabi feels that he’s lost something from his game. He feels that his timing isn’t there, and he’s had a number of surgeries to repair eye and shoulder injuries. Afolabi twice had retina surgeries on his eyes. He’s also had shoulder surgeries. The injuries caused Afolabi to lose time in his career.

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