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DEWITT RETIRES AFTER KO DEFEAT

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A left uppercut helped convince Doug DeWitt to hang up his boxing gloves.

The defending champion of the World Boxing Organization's middleweight class was knocked out by Nigel Benn 44 seconds into the eighth round of a scheduled 12-round bout Sunday after being floored twice before in the round.DeWitt said his performance convinced him to retire.

"I've been in this game a long time and been in a lot of wars," DeWitt said. "I've had an up-and-down career but I've always given the people what they came to see and that's action."

Benn credited his success to a move to Miami from London nine months ago. He trained with Vic Andreeti, a former junior welterweight champion.

"The reason I lost to Michael Watson was because I ran out of gas," Benn said of a 1989 knockout loss.

"I was springing around, wasting a lot of energy and then I had nothing left," he said. "I had to build up my stamina. Even though this fight was fast-paced I was not moving any more than I had to."