Niall Kennedy [14(9)-2(2)-1] he hanged them.
Just weeks after the heavyweight confirmed he would return to the ring and fight for the first time since March last year at Dublin Fight Night on November 19, the Wexford heavyweight announced his retirement. .
‘Boom Boom Baz’ confirmed the news on social media over the weekend, saying: “It took me a few days to get over it but now I’m officially retired from boxing. I’ve given 31 years of my life for this game but I have gained more than I have ever lost. Many high and low but friendships have been made that I will never forget. Thank you.”
It is still not clear why the decision was made to make the official decision, although it is said that Kennedy was injured in the camp and as a result, he decided that it was time to call it a day.
The Gorey fighter held the national middleweight title until 2006 and was a regular at the Elite level during the golden age of the Irish heavyweights, competing for the top spot with the likes of Con Sheenan, Dean ‘Breakfast’ Gardiner and Sean ‘Big Sexy’ Turner and others.
He gained more fame when he entered the paid ranks in 2015 creating a reputation as a heavyweight thanks to some state wins.
Pascal Collins trained the big man to win the Massachusetts State and New England heavyweight titles, the latter thanks to a career-best victory over Alexis Santos, under the banner of Murphys Boxing and became Boston’s favorite fighter.
After a few wins, Kennedy, who is known as one of the best men in boxing, took on Devan Vargas, a former Olympian despite a back injury before the fight and lost for the first time. . He then entered the Matchroom speculation against Alan Babic, who beat another under par Kennedy, who had considered retirement at the time. However, he returned with a victory in Belgium last March.
He hasn’t been seen in action since, with the outbreak and lack of domestic battle cards preventing him from making progress. Now that he looks like he’s going out again, he calls it a day at the age of 38.
Kennedy performed with a solid career under his belt especially considering he worked full-time as a Garda, boxed at an unusual time in Ireland and had injury issues.
Also, the gentle weight has given inspiration to mental health problems and has spoken well on the subject on many occasions.
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