Anthony Ogogo has accepted defeat in his bid to return to the ring and has retired from boxing.

The London 2012 bronze medalist has not fought since he was beaten by Craig Cunningham in 2016.

He suffered a serious eye injury has since undergone several surgeries to no avail.

In a lengthy statement, Ogogo said: "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’ve been dealt; that is what I have done time after time.

|Sadly, after seven operations on my eyes in two and a half years, I am forced to admit that 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.

Anthony Ogogo has retired from boxing

   

"Today marks the end of my boxing journey. It’s been one hell of a ride: from walking into the boxing gym as a skinny, gap toothed 12 year old, to travelling the world and meeting some remarkable people. I’m grateful that I’ve been blessed enough to do what I’ve loved to do for the last 18 years. 

"This retirement statement, and my life, could now go one of two ways from here on out. I could be bitter or I could be better. I could be bitter at having my career cut down whilst I’m in the prime of my life.

"A devastating succession of injuries prevented my professional career from taking off and now I’ll never get the chance to realise my true potential and show the world what I truly had in the locker. Plagued with thoughts of what I could have been are enough to make a man bitter. I choose to be better.

"I can be a better person learning from everything that I’ve been through. It’s inspired me to be more humble, thoughtful and an all round stronger person. It’s also made me realise I have the platform to encourage others fighting their own battles to keep going. This will not define me; this will be the making of me."