Gavin Down bowed out of boxing with a thrilling knock-out on Chesterfield’s big fight night that also featured the oldest puncher on the planet.
Down has thrilled fight fans throughout a career that has brought him English, British Masters and Midlands Area belts and the 33-year-old went toe-to-toe for the last time in front of his home crowd on the Raging Bull Promotions show at Escapade nightclub.
Down - known as The Dominator - picked his punches against Terry McDermott in the opening two rounds and then responded when he came under fire early in the third.
He lashed out with a left hook that dropped McDermott heavily and although he beat the count, was soon under pressure again and stopped.
Said Down: “I think it’s time I packed up. I’m getting a bit too old and can’t box at the level I used to.
“My girlfriend, Amy Groves, is giving birth to our second child in a couple of weeks and I don’t want to risk getting hurt. I might come back, but I doubt it.”
The sell-out crowd at the Escapade club for the Raging Bull Promotions show also saw 54-year-old Steve Ward chalk up another win.
Ward, the oldest professional boxer in the world, out toughed and out boxed Peter McJob in a gruelling four rounder.
Ward was untroubled by McJob’s attacks and rough house tactics and twice had him on the floor with his precise punching.
He is now targeting a crack at EBF British cruiserweight champion Sarj Singh, possibly on the next show in Chesterfield that has already been booked for Saturday, June 11.
Singh, however, has been troubled by an arm injury and may be forced to vacate.
Greg Scot-Briggs also wants a title fight next after outpointing Stu Maddocks in front of his home-town crowd.
Scott-Briggs said: “I worked hard in the gym before the fight and that’s just as well! He was a tough kid and knew his way round the ring.
“I was pleased with the way I boxed, but there’s still plenty to work on.”
Chesterfield carpet-fitter David McClellan was a popular winner.
McClellan, formerly a top amateur, sold 250 tickets for his professional debut and his supporters saw him force a quick win over Mickey Murren.
McClellan was clearly fired up by the reception he received and the southpaw blasted Mullen to the floor twice in the opening round to force a retirement win.
Jamie Stout was another quick winner on the action-packed bill.
He blew away Josh Devison in the opening round, while James Knight was taken the full distance by 300-fight veteran Lee Wigley.
Drew Douglas outpointed Shaun Law and Shane Beazley was a points winner over Simon Davidson .
Ady Shirley and Chad Morby fought out an exciting draw.