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  • Promising fighters that retired suddenly and early

    How many do you know? Here is my list:
    Alexander Frenkel
    The hard-punching cruiserweight who is most famous for knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli in 7 for the European title in 2010. Frenkel suddenly retired, aged only 25, after that victory. He also stopped Kelvin Davis in 1 round previously and was a very capable and dangerous fighter, capable of ending the fight with a single punch.
    Pier-Olivier Cote
    A very promising and exciting puncher and action fighter who fought as a light welterweight, Cote had won the IBO Inter-Continental title by KO2 against Jorge Luis Teron, before his career suddenly ended after one more fight in 2012. He was named the 2008 Fightnews Canada magazine's prospect of the year. Never quite clear what made him retire so suddenly and early. I seem to recall rumours about pscyhological problems.
    Kenny Anderson
    A Scottish hard-punching super middleweight, Anderson's only loss came in a 2010 fight against George Groves, where he had Groves down once, before being (somewhat prematurely) stopped by TKO6. Anderson's last fight was against Robin Reid, where he won the British title by TKO5, 20 October 2012. Like with Cote, there is no info why he retired after a successful fight. He was close to 30 in his last fight. Oh yes, and he took the Groves fight on two weeks notice. Such a shame, he looked capable of making some noise and was the last notable Scottish fighter at a higher weight class.
    Rolando Reyes
    A promising, all-around talented lightweight who, in likeness with Anderson, scored his greatest victory in his last fight. In 2009, he sensationally stopped Julio Diaz by TKO5, but that would be all the world would see of him in the ring. In 2012, he announced a comeback, but it didn't materialize. Reyes also beat Stevie Johnston in 2007.
    Rudolf Kraj
    A promising Czech cruiserweight who only had 15 pro fights, Kraj retired after losing a fight for the WBC title against Giacobbe Fragomeni by technical decision in 2008. He was only 31 when he retired. He won the silver light heavy medal at the 2000 Olympics and is the best Czech cruiserweight.
    Anyone know any more?

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    --- JD Chapman a big one Boz.

    Trained by Michael Moorer, he was ready for a title shot when he pulled the plug. 6-5, 240lb, 90% KO being groomed by a master boxer, at his pinnacle he got financially cheated in typical boxing skullduggery to say No Mas.

    Must be hundreds with similar stories.

    https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/John_(JD)_Chapman

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LondonRingRules View Post
      --- JD Chapman a big one Boz.

      Trained by Michael Moorer, he was ready for a title shot when he pulled the plug. 6-5, 240lb, 90% KO being groomed by a master boxer, at his pinnacle he got financially cheated in typical boxing skullduggery to say No Mas.

      Must be hundreds with similar stories.

      https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/John_(JD)_Chapman
      Thanks, I didn't hear of him before. Seth Mitchell also retired kinda suddenly, but that's because he had been destroyed twice.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by LondonRingRules View Post
        --- JD Chapman a big one Boz.

        Trained by Michael Moorer, he was ready for a title shot when he pulled the plug. 6-5, 240lb, 90% KO being groomed by a master boxer, at his pinnacle he got financially cheated in typical boxing skullduggery to say No Mas.

        Must be hundreds with similar stories.

        https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/John_(JD)_Chapman
        What's interesting about that is, I just saw on boxrec Chapman and Moorer both had their last fight on the same day...or night. 8 February 2008.

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        • #5
          It's this guy for me.

          https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Jemal_Hinton

          looked a shoo in for a world title.

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          • #6
            I forgot about Oleg Platov, the Ukrainian heavyweight who looked on the precipice of entering the world ranks, but suddenly disappeared. He was 30-1, that one loss was on points early in his career and he avenged it by ko. Not a big heavyweight, but fast, aggressive, hard-hitting and with a good footwork. Called himself "DniproHulk", after his hometown Dnipro. His most famous victory was over Henry Akinwande in 2006, when he won by a SD12 to win the IBF Inter-Continental title. He fought Danny Williams a year later, but the fight ended in thr 4th because Platov got cut by a headbutt, accidental. A NC. Platov had just had his first fight in USA in November 2012 when he beat Jason Sconiers by KO2. And-that was all the world saw of him! What's funny about him retiring is, he was still 29 when he had his last fight, so when he retired he wasn't older than 30. He was mananged by Wilfried Sauerland, so maybe it was managerial issues. Maybe he wanted to sign with someone in America. Anyway, a pity, because I'd loved to have seen him fight Povetkin, Chagaev, Chambers, or even one of the big guys like Wladimir K.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Robbo View Post
              It's this guy for me.

              https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Jemal_Hinton

              looked a shoo in for a world title.
              --- Looks like he didn't think so with his last year populated by miserable losing record journeymen.

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