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Dodson calls it a day to fight FIRES.

Byline: ELLIOT FOSTER Sports Reporter

TONY DODSON has formally announced his retirement from boxing after becoming a qualified firefighter.

The 37-year-old former British supermiddleweight champion has been out of the ring since January 2016.

Dodson (32-8-1, 15 KOs) will be remembered for his showdowns against fellow Liverpudlians Paul Smith and Tony Quigley, as well as fights with former world champion Carl Froch and Derbybased 'Upsetter' Ovill McKenzie.

And despite wanting to return to the ring one final time, 'Warrior' took to social media on Tuesday to confirm the news.

"So, the day I never thought would come," he wrote on Instagram. "Retirement from boxing.

"It's been a fantastic journey full of ups and downs but genuinely the best part of my life. I've tried over the past 12 months to have one last fight but [it] hasn't come to fruition for me. But hey, I am now a full-time firefighter and part of an amazing [Merseyside Fire & Rescue] Service, so thank you to all the supporters over the years."

Dodson went on to thank numerous others in his statement.

"Thank you to Matchroom Boxing for helping me achieve a goal of mine in becoming British champion and everyone else - you know who you are - as there are too many to thank individually.

Tony Dodson "Thanks again."

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2018
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