Commonwealth gold medallist Eamonn O'Kane retires

Eamonn O'Kane suffered an injury after fighting Tureano Johnson in October
Eamonn O'Kane suffered an injury after fighting Tureano Johnson in October

Dungiven middleweight Eamonn O'Kane has announced his retirement to end a career which included a Commonwealth Games goal medal in 2010.

The 34-year-old excelled as an amateur before winning IBF inter-continental titles after turning professional.

O'Kane's last fight was a defeat on points to Tureano Johnson in a final world title eliminator last year.

"After listening to my family and also my body, I have decided it's time I hang them up," he said on Monday.

O'Kane's gold medal was won in Delhi with the Northern Ireland team captain securing a 16-4 victory over England's Anthony Ogogo in the final.

"I am retiring from the sport I have loved and taken part in since being a teenager," he added.

"After a much-needed rest from the Johnson fight I picked up an injury to my neck while getting ready to do it all again.

"It has been a very hard decision to make and one I have fought with but one that ultimately I feel is the best one to make."