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Tim Bradley Announces His Retirement From Boxing

By Timothy Bradley

There always comes a point in life where we have to make choices that no matter how much we know the right option, it still leaves us filled with mixed emotions.

I have spent the past couple days trying to find the right words to describe this point in my life and no matter how long I sit and reflect, I still don't know if these words can do my thoughts justice, but I'm going to do my best to open up my heart and share with all of you during this pivotal time.

It is no secret that a life of any professional athlete is not an easy one- yes it comes with a lot of fame and fortune but also comes with fear and fatigue. A balance that has to be achieved by ambition and maintained through perspective.

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For over twenty three years, Boxing gave me purpose and it defined me. Dedicated to my craft and fueled by my passion for the sport, my love for my team and my admiration for all of you who supported me day in and day out-- I was able to give 100% of myself to be the best and to always get up when I was knocked down. It was the biggest challenge in my life but I embraced the sacrifice with every victory and milestone reached.

Boxing gave me roots, it kept me off the streets, it gave me confidence, it taught me how to be a man and face every challenge head on and take the good with the bad. Yes I missed holidays, birthdays, even missed hearing some of my children's first words but more than time, it took my blood, sweat and tears, all things I can never get back. Which is why turning the page for me is bittersweet. That once in a lifetime purpose to wake up everyday and give 100% is now fueled towards something else- my family. I find my strength in them, my peace and most importantly, unconditional love.

I wake up wanting to spend all my time being a father, being a husband and being free. Although that square circle I lived to dance in everyday gave me so many smiles and blessings, it could never out weigh the smiles and blessings I receive from my wife and children. It's now my turn to support them and encourage them to live their dreams and I couldn't be more excited for this next chapter. I hope to continue to allow boxing in my world through teaching, commentating and being a fan of a sport I love so dearly.

And to you, the diehard fans, man, it's been one heck of a ride. The bumps, the bruises, the peaks, the valleys, the days I didn't want to get out of bed and the nights I couldn't sleep....So many occasions where my heart, mind and soul were tested but with every challenge there was hope and there was all of you...giving me the courage to fight another day and do what I loved to do.

I can never find the words to convey how much I appreciate all of you and how truly humbled I am by the unconditional support the past 23 years, Thank you. Thank you for cheering me on when I didn't deserve it, loving me most when I needed it and for being my heartbeat to keep going day after day. I am the man I am today because of you all.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Someone88 on 08-10-2017

Bradley was an excellent fighter and a class act, he'll continue to have success.

Comment by Bjl12 on 08-07-2017

[QUOTE=aceventura;17923488]Tim bradley a real warrior unlike homochenko... Tim fought everyone..... No cherrypicking from tim... Homochenko should learn from tim on how to fight the best instead of leftovers all the time....[/QUOTE] Can't tell if serious. Anyways am happy Tim retired.…

Comment by NachoMan on 08-07-2017

[QUOTE=FinitoxDinamita;17926202]Txtbook boxer-punchers with perfect form and respectable punching power. Marquez/finito lopez/Linares[/QUOTE] I am a huge JMM fan too, but don't you remember Bradley schooling him? Sure, JMM was 40, but that was a great performance. Ask Marquez to rate Bradley's…

Comment by NachoMan on 08-07-2017

[QUOTE=Chrismart;17927100]Ruslan Provodnikov : My "war brother". After all that we've been through... it's already in the boxing history books... what can I say it was an amazing challenge to share the ring with you, it was a bitter pill to…

Comment by Chrismart on 08-07-2017

Ruslan Provodnikov : My "war brother". After all that we've been through... it's already in the boxing history books... what can I say it was an amazing challenge to share the ring with you, it was a bitter pill to…

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