The boxing dream is over for deposed Sheffield champion Liam Cameron '“Â accused of cocaine abuse
Liam Cameron says he is heartbroken after taking the decision to quit boxing following aÂ drugs test.
The Sheffield middleweight was suspended from boxing after giving a positive sample for benzoylecgonine, a compound linked with the abuse of cocaine.
The Manor Park man insisted he must have absorbed it into his blood stream by handling contaminated bank notes - but the UK Anti-Doping agency would not accept that as a valid reason.
Cameron posted on social media: "I tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a dose of a tenth of a recreational line.
"UKAD offered me 18 months to go guilty but I couldn'/t admit smething I haven't done so I was told I am banned for four years.
"So I will be retiring from boxing.
'Writing this is killing me, my dream I have worked for from eight years has been shattered."
Cameron thanked all his sponsors and fans for their backing over his professional career.
At least the fighter went out on a high - he was reigning Commonwealth middleweight champion, with a single defence under his belt.
The 'Cannonball' completes his journey with a Won 21 Lost five record, over an eightÂ year career in the paid ranks which featured a title fight in Australia.
His partner Tanya says the family is "gutted" by the turn of events, which sees Cameron bow out at a peak age and in his prime.
Cameron, a former ABA champion, turned professional in October 2009, with great expectations attached to his fledgling career.
He suffered the odd set-back but his last stoppage displays against fellow Sheffielder Sam Sheedy and Nicky Jenman suggested the best was yet to come.