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Ovill McKenzie forced to retire from boxing due to heart condition

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Former light-heavyweight commonwealth champ Ovill McKenzie has been forced to hang up his gloves after being diagnosed with a heart problem.

36-year-old McKenzie was scheduled to fight against Marco Huck for the IBO world title back in September but he was forced to withdraw from the fight citing illness as the cause.

After undergoing tests to asses his condition, it was announced on Friday that McKenzie would no longer be able to compete in professional boxing.

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The British fighter, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, posted a selfie of himself taken from his hospital bed to his Twitter page, along with a statement that read: "It is with great sadness that I announce that I am retiring from boxing."

"I have been diagnosed with a heart condition, so I can no longer pursue my dream of being a World Champion. I would like to take this time to thank everyone from my team to the fans."

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"As disappointed as I am about the situation, its been a great pleasure getting to perform for you all and I have to keep my chin up."

McKenzie's first major triumph came when he won the vacant Commonwealth title in November 2006 with a victory over Peter Haymer.

He won the commonwealth title again five years later when he beat Jeff Evans in a contest that lasted a grand total of just 15 seconds.

The response to McKenzie's Twitter post was huge, and among those to wish him well were IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook and WBC cruiserweight world champion Anthony Bellew.

During a professional career that spanned 13-and-a-half-years McKenzie fought 38 times winning on 25 occasions, with 13 of those big wins coming by way of knockout. He lost 12 fights and drew one.

We wish him well in the future.

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