Former IBO light heavyweight champion Sven Fornling from Malmoe, Sweden has today (March 2) announced his retirement. Fornling leaves the game at 15-2.
The Swede lost the IBO title in November to Dominic Boesel and it was a tough loss in what for Sven was a very tough fight and he also suffered what appears to have been a minor subdural hematoma.
In January, Fornling announced he would continue his career but at super middleweight. His promoter Erol Ceylan then made it clear that this comeback would be without him.
Fornling, who for most part of his career was licensed the BDB in Germany, also tells Sydsvenskan in Sweden that he had been informed by the Swedish Federation that he would not get a license with them and would thus be unable to fight in Sweden.
Fornling was always an overachiever and beat Naim Terbunja to win the Swedish light heavyweight title, and then added the IBF Baltic title to the collection by beating Karel Horejsek and defended the title against Jeppe Morell and Arijan Sherifi.
And on top of that he outscored Karo Murat to win the IBO title in a big upset (helped by the fact that Karo was injurd and fought one-armed for a big part of the fight).
If he hadn´t suffered a leg injury he would have been the opponent for Artur Beterbiev in the spring of 2019 - so instead he had to rest and then came the fight against Boesel in Germany which ended his career.