Former British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni has retired from boxing following a defeat to China’s Fanlong Meng.

Saturday's fight in Monte Carlo on Saturday was ended when the referee intervened due to Buglioni sustaining a bad cut above his right eye.

The defeat was Buglioni’s second of 2018 after his bout with Callum Johnson back in March was halted in the first round.

The 29-year-old, from Enfield, released a statement on social media on Monday night to announce his retirement from the sport.

He said: “After thoughtful deliberation; I have decided to hang up the gloves. I am proud of all my achievements in boxing and I will be forever grateful of the life lessons and positive effects it has given me.

“I have loved the journey and it has certainly made me the man I am today. I will now focus on a different side of life, I will put my health, my girlfriend and my family first.”

Buglioni continued: “Thank you to my dad & brother who stood by me throughout and to all my magnificent support who have taken this journey with me. Don Charles, you made me fall back in love with the sport, I enjoyed every training session with you! Eddie Hearn, yourself & Matchroom have been a pleasure to work with.”

Buglioni insists that he has “no regrets” over his time in the sport, adding: "I’ve achieved a hell of a lot in sport, won the British title and fought some great names, beat some good fighters… I’ve loved my journey.

‘Wise Guy’ turned professional in 2011 and challenged for the WBA world super-middleweight title in 2015, losing unanimously on points to Fedor Chudinov.

He won the British light-heavyweight belt with a 12th-round win over Hosea Burton and challenged for another world title shot shortly after. However, after two defences of his British title, he lost the belt to Johnson after the defeat earlier in the year.

He won on his comeback in July, but Saturday's loss sees him finish his career with 22 wins, four losses and one draw.