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Audley Harrison retires amid fears of brain injuries

RETIRED: Audley Harrison

HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER Audley Harrison has retired amid news that he is likely to file for bankruptcy and that he may have suffered possible brain injuries during his career.

The Sydney 2000 super-heavyweight gold medallist said on his official website: "I looked at the latest research into concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

"After years of denial and sticking to my guns, I'm finally getting out of my own way. As tough as it is to say this... it's time to stop.

"I've suffered a few TBIs and will have to work hard to reverse some of the effects taking punches to the head has brought about to my overall health.

"I have vision problems, vestibular injuries that leads to balance disturbances, and have bouts of serious irritability and moodiness that comes with TBI recovery."

Born in Harlesden, north-west London, Harrison Harrison turned professional in 2001 after signing a contract with BBC Sport.

Harrison had 17 fights on the network before BBC Sport pulled all boxing from their programming.

In October 2009, he won the Prizefighter tournament. He became European heavyweight champion after knocking out Michael Sprott in April 2010.

In February 2013, Harrison won the Prizefighter tournament for the second time becoming the first fighter to do so.

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