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Danny Williams finally retires aged 47 amid health concerns

Boxing - Manuel Charr v Danny Williams - Heavyweight - Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany - 25/6/11 Danny Williams Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Paul Harding

Danny Williams has finally thrown in the towel on a 25-year career in the ring.

The 47-year-old endured the 29th loss of an 84-fight career on the weekend, falling to Sergei Kharitonov in Russia.

It was his 20th defeat in the past 10 years alone, with his full record on the BoxRec statistical site listing 54 wins and 28 losses, though it is believed there have been more of the latter.

The Brixton-born fighter won his first 15 fights as a professional but lost his first shot at the British and Commonwealth titles to Julius Francis in 1999.

Finally claiming the heavyweight belt later that year, he lost to Turkey’s Sinan Samil Sam in a European title fight in 2003.

Williams was then plucked from relative obscurity to fight Mike Tyson.

Iron Mike was far past his best in their 2004 match-up but could still count on being the favourite for the Kentucky brawl.

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