Aussie warrior Michael Katsidis is to retire from the sport due to medical reasons.
The 32-year-old was set to fight Filipino Weng Haya in Melbourne later this month but has had to pull out of the contest.
Katsidis will be greatly missed, and he perhaps never got the recognition his head-to-head warrior style deserved.
Katsidis told his Facebook group: “I have got a story to tell and I will be telling it, but right now I need to talk with my family, management as well as medical staff."
He enjoyed a superb career and had a very respectable record of 28-6. His record epitomises his career; five of his defeats were to world champions, while he stopped 23 of his opponents.
He was just never in a dull fight. The Aussie was involved in some big fights in England, including an epic encounter against Graham Earl. The fight lasted just five rounds, with Katsidis taking the victory...but they were five astonishing rounds. If ever there was a fight to describe a boxer that would be it. Toe to toe, strong, brave and never backing down.
After the Earl fight, Katsidis went on to fight the likes of Jesus Chavez, Vicente Escobedo, Juan Manuel Marquez and Robert Guerrero. Sandwiched in between those world title contests was his stunning victory over Kevin Mitchell at Upton Park. Kevin Mitchell was due to use Katsidis as a stepping stone into the world stage but was stopped by Katsidis after just three rounds.
His final outing on British soil was a points decision defeat to Ricky Burns.
Katsidis was a true warrior of the sport and the majority of fight fans will miss him and his all-action style.