Tony Jeffries has today officially announced his retirement from
'The Mighty Mackam' had been struggling with hand injuries for
some time and has decided that the time has come to hang up his
Below is a statement that the 2008 Beijing Olympian posted
to his fans on Facebook.
"This is the hardest Status I've ever had to write
"Today my boxing career is officially over.
"After injuries to both hands, I've had to accept I will not
"I've had problems with my hands for years, but after winning my
last fight this time last year the pain got too much, and I had to
get them assessed followed by an MRI scan.
"I did everything I possibly could to get do to be able
to punch again.
"I had surgery from Mike Hayton, the UK's top hand surgeon,
after discovering I had a hole in my right knuckle and a tear in my
"Then I had therapy for a few months and it was still no better
but actually worse than before the surgery. I had my hands checked
by a top hand doctor in the USA called Dr Sultski, who basically
said there's nothing more to do. He said I could try surgery again
then months of therapy but if it didn't work the first time it's
very likely it won't work again.
2A couple of months ago I had a procedure called BM PRP, where
they took bone marrow out of my hip, then divided out the plasma
and platelets from red and white cells and with HGH injected it
back into my knuckles. Done by a top Dr in Beverly Hills Dr
"Since then I've been taking lots of supplements, medication
along with more therapy.
"The surgery helped the pain and movement what's great for
everyday life but not enough to be able to punch again. I tried
last week for the first time in ten months, but before I even did
it I knew it was going to hurt because just making a fist still
hurts. I was right.
"It seems I've been lying to myself for so long hoping it would
"I suppose I just didn't want to come to the reality of not been
able to fight again. Now I'm absolutely gutted to say I have no
"I've had the best support i could wish for from my mam, wife
Sarah, sisters Sarah and Lucy and my trainers, Tommy Brookes, Joe
Dunbar and Sean Casey. Their support has meant the world to me.
"I get asked loads of times every day "How's your hands doing?"
and it's great so many people care and want to see me in the ring
again but it's not great having nothing good to say back. So I'm
sad to say at the age of 27 I will be retiring from the ring.
"If when I started boxing aged 10 someone asked if I would
settle for half of what I have done I would have said YES.
"I've won seven national titles, five European medals including
a gold and two Multi-Nation gold medals. I captained England and
Great Britain around 16 times, and fought for my country 57
"I won a medal at the 2008 Olympics and was named BBC North East
Sports Personality of the Year.
"I was undefeated as a professional, and really helped bring pro
boxing in the North East back onto the map ,bringing national TV
Sky Sports to the area a load of times for big shows.
"I travelled the world and even met the Queen!
"Probably my biggest achievement, though, is helping raise well
over £200k for charity.
"I'm really honoured to have done all this!
"Only in the last two weeks I've had two people - a cancer
survivor and a Paralympic champion - tell me I'd saved or changed
their lives by my support. This really put a lump in my throat.
2Boxing's had its bad times too. I've had surgery five times (on
both hands, my right hand, elbow, eye and nose), over 60 stitches
in my face and been ripped off with a lot of money as a pro.
"But I'm still healthy with 99% of my marbles enjoying living in
Los Angeles with my lovely wife.
"I've had so much help and support from so many peopel to do
what i have done so a huge thanks to: My dad , Mam & 2 sisters
Sarah and Lucy, grandparents, Bobby Bute, Jimmy Richardson, Dave
Binns, Pete Lindsey, Penny Macutkiewicz, Joe Dunbar , Tommy
Brookes, Sean Casey, Terry Edwards, Nigel Davis, Lee Pullen, Bob
Dillion, Jim Davison, Bobby Rimmer, Steve Allen, Darren and Nathen
Cliff, Stu Rich, Andrew Tyler, Tone Burdon, Stu Kennedy, Brian
Rose, Ian Laws ,The Sunderland Echo, The Sunday Sun, Stuart Rayner,
The Journal, Michael Bute, Sunderland ABC, Dr Mike Loosemore, Dr
Graeme Wilks, Dr Mike Hayton, Irum Greenwell, Chris Edwards,
Courage Tshabalala, The Juniors - Frankie Gavin, Ste Smith, Danny
Price, James Degale and David Price, Kerry Kayes, Ian Campbell,
Soul and Davey Kay at Sun Spirit, Rob Chambers, Andy Kerr, Gary
Hutchison, Mike Bowers, Peter Bowers, John Slater, Neil Conlin,
Paul Bruce, Sky Sports & a few of their presenters, ITV and all
there presenters, Look North, Stephen McCabe, Ron Boddy, David
Warriner, Ian Irwin, Martin Ventry, Dave Pocknol, Dave Halloway,
George Craig (Butchy), Keith and Darren from Total Sport, Gus
Robinson, EDHCC, Martin Barker and Ian Wardroppa.
"I'm sure I've missed some people out unintentionally and I'm
"I really would like to thank every single person who has wished
me luck, said "well done" or supported me in any way whatsoever
over the years. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
"When I eventually have kids and grandkids I will be sure to
tell them about the support from around the UK - especially my home
city of Sunderland. It really made me the man I am!"