John Duddy's Manager Discusses The Shock Retirement

By Craig Hamilton

A number of the boxing writers and people involved in the sport have called or emailed me asking me to clarify details regarding John’s decision to retire yesterday and to offer my view of it.

The subject actually came up first immediately following John’s tough loss to Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. last June. The decision at that time was to put off any decision on his future. John did not want to make an emotional decision. He was coming off a series of tough fights in a relatively short period of time and needed time to rest and sort things out.

At the end of last year when momentum was building for a potential fight with Andy Lee the topic of renewing his career was again on the table.  John felt he wanted to give it a go.

After renewing his boxing training for several weeks John simply could not find the passion necessary to continue. Rather than put in a half hearted effort which he felt would be unfair to the promoter, HBO and his many fans John made a well thought out decision to retire.

John and I both wish the decision could have been made sooner. We fully realize and appreciate the effort Lou Dibella of Dibella Entertainment made to put this fight with Andy Lee together. His vision, passion and enthusiasm to complete a deal with both fighter camps and with HBO made the fight possible. Lou was incredibly gracious and understanding when he heard of John’s decision and this we both appreciate. We also regret the impact this might have on Andy Lee. It is so difficult in this current environment to have the opportunity to fight on HBO and be seen worldwide by millions of fans. We are hopeful that a suitable replacement can be found and we both wish Andy and his team the best of luck as he moves forward. Lastly, we both realize the impact this will have on the many fans John has cultivated here in the United States and abroad including, of course, his numerous fans in his homeland of Ireland. We realize this was a much anticipated fight and there will be disappointment with its cancellation. John gave everything he had in all of his fights. The same was true in his training regimen. He retired because he knew he could no longer put forth that effort. To continue would have been unfair to his many fans.

I am glad John has come to this decision. I have always seen my job in terms of giving him my best advice, getting him the best deals possible and getting him out of this sport in one piece. John has had a lot of exciting and hard fought fights in his career. Fighters can  only absorb so many of those in a career. In his early 30’s now,  it is time to move on.

There are few fighters who would walk away from the sport with the opportunity  John had in front of him.  If I could manage fighters for another hundred years I will never find one with more class or integrity. John did not win a world title in boxing. He didn’t have to. John is a true ambassador for the sport he loves and a world class person.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by White Briton on 01-19-2011

I posted a thread about John Duddy's retirement long before Boxing Scene mentioned it, but for some reason the fascists deleted my thread and then a few hours later posted their own news story about it. Why is it that…

Comment by >CraftySouthpaw on 01-19-2011

Shocking, especailly when you consider he had a big HBO fight with Lee coming up. Always thought Duddy was overrated and done well to get as far as he got. I know/knew alot better fighters than him, who didn't earn…

Comment by budfr on 01-19-2011

He has honor. Unlike Hopkins and Gayweather. Those negros only fight once a year and run and hug for half the fight.

Comment by P2theK on 01-19-2011

[QUOTE=Dlostx;9978551]Maybe he tool the decision after watching Lights Out.[/QUOTE] No joke I thought the exact same thing ha

Comment by Dlostx on 01-19-2011

Maybe he tool the decision after watching Lights Out.

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