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JARED "The Storm" Lovett is just too good a boxer to retire now.
This is how his manager Brian Mitchell feels. His charge, Boxing SA's 2008 Prospect of the Year, was rumoured to have called it quits. The flamboyant 22-year-old youngster was not available to confirm or deny having ended his career, which started last year.
Lovett's bold statement last week before his 10-rounder with Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen on Saturday night was that "I will retire if you beat me".
Oosthuizen did just that, easily scoring a lopsided points win at Emperors Palace. The Harold Volbrecht-trained fighter won the IBO light heavyweight Youth belt.
Mitchell, who did live commentary for SuperSport, said he had not yet spoken to Lovett.
"But Jared is a baby in terms of boxing. It's like me calling it quits after my defeat by Jacob Morake for the Transvaal title in 1982. That was my only defeat after six wins. After last week's defeat Jared will be a better fighter. This is just a learning curve," he said.
Mitchell knows what he is talking about. He beat Morake in their rematch in 2003 and went on to win the SA, WBA and IBF junior lightweight belts.
He retired undefeated in 1995. Last month he became the first SA boxer to be inducted to the International Hall of Fame in Canastota, US.
Promoter Jeff Ellis, who looks after Lovett as a fighter, shared Mitchell's sentiments.
"Jared's ego was hurt a bit. The kid is only 22 years old," said Ellis, a former heavyweight fighter.
They both said Lovett, who is trained by Colin Nathan, would be in action in September.