John Murray: Manchester boxer forced to retire by eye injury

Anthony Crolla and John Murray
John Murray (right) was beaten by Anthony Crolla in his last fight in April at the Manchester Arena

Manchester boxer John Murray has been forced to retire because of an eye injury that could lead to blindness.

The 29-year-old has had two operations on a detached retina and been advised by doctors to quit the sport.

A former British and European champion, Murray failed in a bid for the WBA world lightweight title when he lost to Brandon Rios in New York in 2011.

In his last fight, he lost an WBO inter-continental lightweight title bout against Anthony Crolla.

However, Murray ends his career with an impressive record of 33 wins, 20 by stoppage or knockout, and only three defeats from 36 professional contests.

"I've had 20/20 vision in both of my eyes my whole life," he told ITV News.

"At the moment I can hardly see anything out of my right eye, so I was told 'if you keep taking punches like that you're going to go completely blind', so it's just not worth it anymore."

He has set up his own gym called Murray Machines and moved into training.

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