Jake ‘The Snake’ Dyer is hanging up his gloves after defeat in a title fight in Leicester.
The whole-hearted scrapper from Whittlesey was beaten in seven rounds by local ticket-seller Marc Ketnor for the International Masters middleweight title at the King Power Stadium on Saturday (March 1).
Dyer afterwards announced his retirement in his changing room.
“I’ve got a wife, a young family and a job and I can’t really dedicate enough time to boxing anymore,” said the 28 year-old.
“I’m glad I had a go and I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.”
As an amateur, Dyer boxed for March Amateur Boxing Club and Carl Greaves managed him and trained him in a nine-fight professional career that will be remembered for his crowd-pleasing, back-and-forth scraps against Joe Hockenhull, Mickey O’Sullivan and his last fight.
From the bell, Ketnor, backed by his home supporters, was the aggressor.
As always, Dyer was tough and defiant and he had his moments in a blood-splattered scrap that had a sell-out crowd cheering.
But the 28 year-old couldn’t keep Ketnor off him, had his nose bloodied early in the fight and was rescued by the referee in the seventh round.
Four weeks earlier, Dyer had been outpointed by Keiron Gray for the International Masters super-middleweight strap at Bushfield Leisure Centre in Peterborough and he added: “I think I’ve taken it as far as I can.
“I’ve enjoyed boxing, but I want to spend more time with my family now. I’ve been working and training all week and it hasn’t been fair on them.”