(JAN 18) WBAN received an open letter
earlier today from Shelley Burton, who has announced her retirement
from the sport.
Shelley wrote the following: It is never an
easy decision to retire from a sport when you feel that there would
be one last one you could do to make a difference. Well I honestly
felt like I completed my goals after I got the opportunity against Laila Ali at the MSG [Madison Square Garden]. It was a great
experience for a little name like myself, coming from Montana to get
this chance. It was awesome. I was feeling like I should have
retired at that time but I still felt like getting in the ring,
especially when my contract was up with my manager. I felt like a
whole new boxer so I decide to start training and looking for a
fight. I got back into training in October of 2007, preparing
for a fight against Asa Sandell in February of this year. At the end
of November, I went to Germany to help Natasha Ragosina
prepare for her fight. While I was there, I started to wonder
if I have the drive in me anymore. So to make a long story short, I
came back from Germany and told my partner that I wanted one more
title fight and then I would be ready to call it quits and start
helping others in the sport. I then got unexpected news, something I
would rather not share with everyone, but something that told me I
am done competing in boxing. I want to thank Sue Fox, my fans, my
sponsors, and my family for helping walk my dream and fulfilling it.
I wish best of luck to all the women fighters out there, and to
encourage them to make more money in this sport. I know it shouldn't
be about the money, but hey - we are called professional athletes
and work very hard, we should get a little more, don't you think?
GOOD LUCK to all! "