Former IBF middleweight champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (26-2, 16 KOs) has retired. The Barnet, London native was best known for his upset victory over then title holder Daniel Geale (29-2,15 KOs) in 2013. Barker has been plagued by hip injuries throughout his career; a condition that flared up again in his loss to Felix Sturm (39-3, 18 KOs) in December.
In 2006, Barker’s brother, amateur stand out Gary Barker died in a car crash. Following the tragic accident Barker went on to dedicate the rest of his career to his brother, including his win over Geale. In 2010 Barker put forth a spirited effort against 160-pound king Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), before being knocked out in round 11 of their battle at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In a statement released to Sky Sports, Barker expressed his appreciation for those who’ve supported him throughout his career.
“I would like to thank my family for their support, without them none of what I achieved would have been possible,” said Barker. “My fantastic friends and all the fans that bought tickets to my fights and traveled the country and world supporting me. I really appreciate it and thank you.”