Gorey boxer Niall Kennedy has made the decision to hang up the gloves…
The now-former Wexford professional boxer has called a halt to his career in boxing.
He confirmed the news in an Instagram post this evening stating:
It has taken a few days to get to grips with this, but I am now officially retired from boxing. I’ve given 31 years to this sport, but I’ve gained more than I’ve ever lost. There was lots of high s and lows, but friendships forged that I’ll never forget. Thank you,” he said.
Niall ‘Boom Boom’ Kennedy, known locally as ‘Basil’, finishes his 17-fight pro career with a record of 14-2-1.
One of the highlights for Kennedy was his defeat of Alexis Santos in America, crowning him the USA New England Heavyweight champion.
Kennedy was pencilled in to take part in the upcoming Dublin card, but he will no longer be fighting in that. An interview, with more details on Kennedy’s decision, will be released in the days to follow.
Along his professional journey and when in the spotlight, Kennedy, who works as a Garda in Wicklow, has also been outspoken about his difficulties with Mental Health and has been active in Wexford, speer-heading a positive Mental Health campaign.
There is no doubt that Kennedy has inspired another generation of young boxers in the county, along with people beyond the realms of the boxing sphere.
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