By Francisco Salazar
Two-time Olympian Everton Lopes of Brazil has retired from boxing.
Lopes had not fought since winning a six round split decision over veteran Eduardo Rafael Reyes on Sept. 30. The 29-year-old Lopes suffered from chronic pain to his shoulders over the last several months.
The pain was so excruciating to Lopes that he limited the amount of sparring or mitt work during training camp. After consulting with doctors and specialists, Lopes was told the best option for him was to retire.
After a successful amateur career, one where he accumulated 240 victories and representing Brazil at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, Lopes signed with Golden Boy Promotions and made his pro debut in Feb. 27, 2015.
His most notable bout as a pro came later that year in September. Lopes overcame two knockdowns to grind out an eight round unanimous decision over gatekeeper Omar Tienda.
"Everton will always be a part of the Golden Boy family," Golden Boy Promotions announced in a statement. "We wish him all the best and success in his future endeavors."
Lopes resides in Salvador, Brazil. It is not known whether Lopes will remain the sport in some capacity, whether as a trainer or liaison.
"Sheer Sports Management is very disappointed to hear of Everton's recent injury that has prematurely ended what would have been an outstanding professional career," said Lyle Green, Vice President of Sheer Sports, which managed Lopes.
"Everton is the consummate professional in and out of the ring and we are confident that he will be a success in whatever he endeavors. We wish Everton the best and hope to work with him in the future in a different capacity."
Lopes retires from boxing with a record of 6-0, with 2 knockouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing