After suffering two straight knockout losses at the hands of Artur Beterbiev and Marcus Browne, Spanish veteran Gabriel Campillo has announced his retirement at the age of thirty-seven.
He first debuted professionally in October of 2002.
Campillo's (25-8-1, 12 KO) career was somewhat of a tragic one, though thankfully not in the physically-crippling sense that this sport is all too rife with. Despite excellent boxing skills, "Chico Guapo" fell afoul of the judges on multiple occasions, most notably in his fights with Karo Murat, Beibut Shumenov, and Tavoris Cloud, the last of which I still consider one of the absolute worst decisions I have ever seen.
Following the Cloud robbery, Campillo's lingering durability issues and a series of matchups with heavy punchers proved a poor combination. He fell to a then-rising Sergey Kovalev and Andrzej Fonfara in two of his next three fights, but did manage to put together three straight wins afterwards, one of them an upset of prospect Thomas Williams, Jr.
Then came Beterbiev and Browne.
Sad as it is to see someone with that kind of luck exit on a loss, I respect Campillo for having the self-awareness to do so, unlike some others I could mention. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.