Ben Murphy has decided to retire following his nine-round defeat to Martin Gethin for the vacant British lightweight title at Walsall Town Hall on Friday night.
After a frustrating start to his career, he twice boxed for British honours after joining manager Mickey Helliet.
Back in December, 2011, Murphy took the chance to challenge Ashley Theophane for the British light-welterweight championship at just four days’ notice.
Theophane was world-rated at 140lbs and his size advantage - Ben was the the Southern Area lightweight champion - made him a red-hot favourite to keep the belt.
After 10 action-packed rounds, Murphy was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards, but Theophane rallied to keep his belt with a dramatic 11th-round stoppage.
Murphy went on to end the unbeaten records of both Tony Owen and Phil Gill to secure another British-title chance - and his 16-fight record also shows he handed Lewis Smith and Gary Buckland their first defeats.
Murphy and Buckland were matched on a Sky Sports-televised show in Portsmouth in June, 2008 and Ben outhustled the Welshman over six rounds.
Buckland has gone on to win the British super-featherweight championship.
Helliet said: "Ben was always a true warrior.
"He was so easy to manage because he just wanted to fight - and didn’t care who he fought.
"Ben was definitely good enough to be British champion and it’s a shame he’s decided to retire before he got his hands on the Lonsdale belt."
January 22, 2013