Former Olympic champion Audley Harrison has retired from professional boxing.
At the 2000 Sydney Games, Harrison became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold in the super-heavyweight division. But, despite briefly holding a minor world title nine years ago, the 41-year-old Harrison struggled to make an impression in the professional ranks.
Harrison wrote Wednesday on his website that ''sadly my dream to be a legitimate world champion will be unrealized.''
The retirement decision was made after being stopped by undefeated American heavyweight Deontay Wilder in a bout on Saturday.
Harrison, who fell to 31-7, says ''there are only so many times you can fall before it becomes foolhardy to continue.''