Derry boxer Sean McGlinchey has called it a day.
The popular super middleweight tonight [Monday] announced he was hanging up his gloves.
The 26-year-old had a difficult time through injuries since turning over in 2017 and had some trouble surrounding medicals during a sabbatical.
However, it’s hunger not hurt that has prompted the decision to stop punching for pay.
After almost 20 years in the sport and 20 years fighting the always aggressive and entertaining operator revealed the fire has gone out.
“I’d like to let everyone know that I am hanging the gloves up. I feel my time in the game has came to an end. I don’t have the love or fire in my belly that I should have and feel I would be putting myself at risk,” McGlinchey revealed.
“I love what I am doing now passing my knowledge onto other people and I feel that I can give a lot. I have been boxing since I was 8 years of age I had a good run at the game. I would like to thank everyone that supported me and give me the massive support. Derry boxing is on the high and I look forward to watching the talent in this city come through.”
There was genuine excitement when McGlinchey turned over. The 2014 Commonwealth Games medal winner was noted for having a fan friendly style and brought a large vocal support with him. He was more than a welcome addition to the pro scene.
However, after two wins in two months in early 2017 the Derry man didn’t fight for over a year and a half.
Medical and injuries issues slowed down his progress and he never really returned the same.
Eager to rush up the ladder he agreed to comeback against former amateur rival Padraig McCrory. McCrory dropped and out pointed his rival in a fight that could have been massive if given more than a days build up.
Another break followed before McGlinchey signed with Boxing Ireland. Mummy’s Bhoy was back in action a year later in October just gone where he was stopped by Julio Cesar.
Having argued the defeat came as a result of an after the break punch McGlinchey secured a rematch and was set to fight Cesar again on Celtic Clash X, but has since retired.
Irish-boxing.com would like to wish Sean well in whatever he decides to do moving forward.
Photo credit Ricardo Guglielminotti @fightingirish