Former world champion Antonio DeMarco has decided to hang up his gloves, after being defeated by Cuba's Ranees Barthelemy via unanimous decision on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas.
"I don't want to offer excuses to all of the people that trusted me and my family. I'm calm, but at the same time disappointed. However I do believe In cycles and mine is about to end."
De Marco conquered the WBC lightweight championship after defeating Venezuelan Jorge Linares in 2011. He successfully defended twice, before losing it to Adrien Broner.
“I want to thank God that boxing and the people always supported me. Thanks for everything you gave me during my career. It's difficult but I am sure God will set more goals and dreams for me to fulfill."
De Marco, age 29, built a record of 31 victories, 23 of them by knockout, 5 loses and 1 draw.