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Alexey Tishchenko, Will Retire

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World's Number One - Pound for Pound - Amateur Boxer Will Retire

Alexey Tischenko is Planning To Retire From Boxing

According to Russian news RIA - On Friday, February 11, two-time Olympic boxing champion Alexey Tishchenko and his Russian coach Leonid Kiselev, will be holding a press conference to announce the retirement and end of Tishchenko’s boxing career.

Tishchenko who is considered to be pound for pound one of best amateur boxers in the world has not been training while battling with issues related to the cervical vertebrae.

Although Tishchenko had in previous press conferences announced his intention of going for a third Olympic Gold Medal, Rumors have been abounding for some time that his health problems have required constant treatment and he would not be able to participate at the London 2012 Olympics.

"Its time to call it a day - Im feeling it. Im done with boxing, said the fighter to RIA" 

Aleksei Viktorovich Tishchenko (Russian: Алексей Викторович Тищенко, born May 29, 1984 in Omsk, Soviet Union was regarded as "one of the best pound for pound amateur boxers in the world".

Tishchenko won the Featherweight Gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He qualified for the Athens Games by ending up in first place at the 2nd AIBA European 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.

Tishchenko also won the featherweight gold medal at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Mianyang, China.

In 2005 he was part of the Russian team that won the 2005 Boxing World Cup.

2006 he went up to lightweight and immediately won the European title in Plovdiv.

As of 2007 he has been elected into the Omsk Regional Duma for United Russia. At the same year at the world championships he was upset by Englishman Frankie Gavin.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he won the Gold Medal by defeating French boxer Daouda Sow in the final.