Oscar Negrete pronounces retirement from boxing

The a lot revered, all-action Colombian boxer Oscar ‘The Jaguar’ Negrete introduced his retirement from the ring on Thursday. Talking to the hosts of Boxeo de Colombia (whereas wrapping Deiner Berrio’s palms forward of his matchup with Juan Pablo Romero on Ring Metropolis USA’s combat card in West Level), Negrete acknowledged. “At this time… on the microphones of Boxing in Colombia, I’m formally retiring as a boxer.”

Negrete is finest recognized for his improbable, again-to-again-to-back trilogy with Joshua Franco. Their first combat in October 2018 led to a disputed cut up draw. The rubber match six months later resulted in Negrete’s second profession loss, a cut up resolution that went in opposition to him. 4 months later, and fewer than a yr faraway from their first showdown, the judges as soon as once more couldn’t cut up the 2. No fourth matchup was to come back; I’d have fortunately watched one other 30 rounds of excessive paced in-fighting, however presumably neither wished to attempt for that inevitable third draw.

Previous to his participation in one of the crucial pleasing trilogies in latest reminiscence, Negrete challenged for Rey Vargas’ WBC junior featherweight title in 2017, however was comprehensively out-pointed in his first profession loss.

He fought twice extra after his final draw with Franco, first with Argentinian newbie star Alberto Melian in February 2020. In what was now one thing of a theme in Negrete’s profession, this too was a rematch. Negrete beat Melian for the gold medal within the 2010 South American Video games a decade earlier, and left little doubt as to who was higher of their professional match, outclassing the youthful Melian in what was a enjoyable however finally one-sided combat.

Negrete’s ultimate combat got here in February of this yr in opposition to the streaking (and far bigger) Ronny Rios in a weight class that he hadn’t competed in since dropping to Rey Vargas over three years earlier. The Jaguar lasted the ten-round distance, however merely couldn’t appear to offer Rios the type of suits Negrete’s opponents had come to count on, partly attributable to a watch damage that beforehand nixed a matchup with Jason Moloney.

“Since I had a watch damage, the medical doctors let me know that they suggest that I retire. I informed my promoter after I misplaced to Ronny Rios, I couldn’t combat free, I couldn’t see the identical ‘Jaguar,’ aggressive and are available ahead, you kill me or I kill you. I used to be extra cautious excited about my eye. I can not danger my well being if I’m not 100%, so I desire to retire and focus 100% on my course of as a supervisor and as a coach.”

Identical to he did in his combating profession, I’m certain Negrete will elevate the game and convey alongside the subsequent technology of Colombian fighters as a coach and supervisor.

“Each time I am going into the ring I’d go up properly ready and I’d go as much as give all the pieces. Each time you noticed that I fought, you understand that lose or win you’ll at all times raise the identify of Colombia aloft. The target of crowning us world champion weren’t met, however I’m glad that my identify in boxing is revered.”

Oscar Negrete has been one in every of my favorite fighters to look at over the previous a number of years, and I do know I’ll miss him within the ring. However I’m additionally glad to see him prioritize his well being and retire after what was a really fan-friendly profession. Finest needs to Oscar, we hope that he enjoys his retirement and transition to managing and training.

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