News October 2007

02.10.07 Scott Gammer retires

Sad day for boxing as Gammer throws in the towel

By Gordon Thomas

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FORMER British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer has decided to retire from professional boxing after his points defeat on Saturday night in Sheffield at the hands of John McDermott.

Gammer, known as "The Hammer", failed in his bid for a second shot at the Lonsdale belt.

In March he lost his British crown to Danny Williams and since that defeat he has found it increasingly hard to pick himself up to return to the champion boxer he once was.
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"Winning the British title really meant everything to me," Gammer told Telegraph Sport yesterday "I never planned on finishing this way - but I just knew that in my heart that I can't carry on anymore."

Gammer's promoter Paul Boyce said: "It wasn't an easy decision as boxing is such a big part of his life but with a heavy heart Scott concedes he has other priorities in his life.

"Scott is now married, has a new baby and wants to concentrate his efforts on his family and his new plastering business."

Scott's dad and trainer Ralph said: "In some ways it's a relief. On Saturday, as a father I have to confess I didn't see it coming. Straight after the defeat he told me that he had had enough of boxing and his desire and hunger is gone and he wanted to retire."

Many people don't realise that Scott has been boxing since he was just nine-years-old.

As an amateur he had an impeccable record, fighting over 100 bouts and holding five different Welsh titles as well as being a British champion and boxing in Europe.

"I'm really proud of him and what he's achieved," said an emotional Ralph. "He's ate slept and drank boxing for nigh on 20-years and now he's called it a day."

Last year Gammer became the first Welshman in 23 years since David Pearce to win the British crown after knocking out Mark Krence.

His professional record makes impressive reading winning 18 (KO 9) with two defeats and one draw.

Without the daily rigours of training and conditioning for big fights what is Scott going to do now?

"It's going to be difficult because boxing has been such a big part of my life - but now my family must come first." he said.

It's a sad day in local sport, but Telegraph Sport has certainly enjoyed the experience of watching a local lad make good.

Scott Gammer might have retired, but his many adoring fans in Pembrokeshire enjoyed following his quest for boxing glory, and none of them will ever forget the night he was actually crowned British champion.

Well done Scott and thanks for the fantastic memories they'll stay etched in our minds for a life time!

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