World Heavyweight Champion Dipsy "Lipstick" Gawn has officially announced his retirement tonight confirming speculation that he was poised to quit the fight game.
Speaking from his Mansion in St Lucia Lipstick said, "I have had a terrific career and I've loved every minute of it but in my last 6 or 7 fights I have suffered from very bad hands and it is because of this that I have decided to go out at the top as the greatest heavyweight to ever grace the ring. I am extremely proud to have made a record 17 successful title defenses and it is my belief that no man will ever match, or surpass that feat.
I have decided to work as a fight analyzer and although I haven't completely ruled out a comeback one day I firmly believe right now that I have had my last fight. I'd like to thank all my fans, the world over, my trainers and my opponents for making my journey to history such an enthralling time."
For a long time Lipstick lived in the shadow of his then stablemate Lanky "Maxy" Gawn but despite losing his opening two fights (one by disqualification, which he avenged), Dipsy continued to rise up the rankings, calling out every top name there was and establishing himself as a legimate contender.
In his 7th pro bout he challenged world cruiserweight champion Harold "Harry" Angus for the title but came away on the wrong end of a unanimous decision. It would be the last time the great man ever lost a fight.
He then went on a 15 fight winning streak to earn himself a shot at heavyweight champion Max Kellerman and despite going into the fight as the underdog, Lipstick cruised to a one sided unanimous decision and was crowned champion of the world. A record breaking 17 defenses then followed, including 2 draws which he avenged in the next fights and Dipsy finally gained the recognition he had craved as the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
He remained undefeated for his final 33 bouts (2 draws) and finished his career with a record of 35 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws and 11 knockouts. Although Dipsy wasn't regarded as a big puncher opponents often commented on how hard he hit them but it was his speed and agility which made him the great fighter he was, coupled with his ability to switch styles at the right times to get the results he needed.
Dipsy "Lipstick" Gawn is the greatest heavyweight of all time. Now, the only question left to ask is, is he HOF worthy?