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Thaxton calls time on 17-year career


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Jon Thaxton has retired from boxing in the wake of his defeat to John Murray.


The Norwich fighter was stopped by Murray in the fourth round of their British lightweight title fight on October 3, his third straight loss.


And the 35-year-old has now decided to call time on his 17-year professional career, which included spells as European and British lightweight champion.


"I've been a pro now for 17 years and I've had good times and bad times in the business," Thaxton told edp24.co.uk.


"But after the last fight on Saturday, I trained very, very hard for that fight, with the referee calling time as early as he did I just thought after how hard I trained it's time to call it a day.


"I've been speaking to my wife about it for about three or four months, and I said maybe this is my last fight.


"It's been absolutely fantastic, I've met some great people and made some great friends but it's time to walk away and concentrate on my other businesses and other interests outside the boxing ring."


Thaxton, who took Ricky Hatton the distance back in 2000, finishes with a 34-11 record.

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