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Danny Williams finally retires aged 47 amid health concerns after up-and-down career which saw Brit knockout Mike Tyson

BRITISH boxer 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.

When contacted by the Mail, Williams stated that he was retired from boxing.

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.

A famous fourth-round knockout victory made the Brit a household name although he later admitted to being “embarrassed” to beat Tyson when he was so far past his prime.

The victory earned him a fight with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko – but the Ukrainian made short work of Williams in Las Vegas.

His career was far from over though, with another Commonwealth belt claimed via a split decision win over Audley Harrison in 2005.

Fighting at staggering frequency, he lost 15 of his 17 recognised pro fights between 2011 and 2014.

Earlier in the year, Williams even put his name forward for Mike Tyson’s long-awaited comeback.

He stated: “It’s definitely a fight I want. I’m very interested in facing Mike Tyson again.”

Williams was stopped in the second round of his final fight on Friday, amid fears for his health as his opponent appeared to call on the referee to stop the fight.

However, this is not the first time he has called it quits and fans will be waiting on an official statement to confirm his exit from the sport.

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