Undefeated QBL regional Cruiserweight champion Marc "The Darc Menace" Dennis has been forced to retire from boxing on medical grounds, after a routine eye examination revealed that the boxer was suffering from the condition Keratoconus.
The Essex based champion rose to prominence on season 5 by capturing the league's novice and regional titles in an impressive run that saw Dennis become one of the divisions hottest properties, and the champion was set to defend his crown against Light Cruiserweight champion Marc Blundell on May 14th before his diagnosis was confirmed.
Talking to QBL TV after the discovery Dennis said, " I got caught in sparring a few weeks ago and my eye flared up, and after seeing a specialist they confirmed I has the Keratoconus condition"
" I'm not in any pain with it and I still feel like I can fight on, but after talking to the league and the competitions medical team I was told that for my own health it would not be possible to compete any more which I'm gutted about'
" Life goes on and of course my health and sight are more important to me as outside of boxing I've a family and a career, but I'll really miss boxing and the competition"
Dennis leaves the competition with a record of 4-0-1 and will be ringside as a very interested observer on the 14th when old rival Chris Brill and former training partner Miles Gordon-Darby now go head to head for the belt Dennis won against Brill at the 2015 season finale.
" I think Brill versus Gordon Darby is going to be very interesting as Chris is an awkward boxer, but for me I think Miles should have enough to take the title"
Talking after the discovery QBL Promotions Director Alan Foley commented, " The whole team behind the show are gutted for Marc as he was a very exciting fighter and came a long way in a very short period of time"
" Marc had a reputation as a showman before he entered the league and he lived up to the hype with some great performances, and although its a tough one to bow out when you are a champion, we've got a duty of care to Marc and all the league's boxers and for his safety I'm glad he won't be putting himself at risk"
"I don't think this will be the last we see of Marc as he's a huge boxing fan and I'm sure he'll be ringside at many future shows, so all of the team wish him luck in the future"