In a shock to fans across the country, reigning ANBF Australian and Australasian Welterweight champion, Andrew Hunt (9-0-1, 4 KOs) has retired from the sport of boxing.
The 24 year old announced his decision via social media app Instagram, sighting his desire for a change of direction in life.
“I’ve decided to focus on personal goals and family now, to hang the gloves up. [It is] better for my family,” Hunt confirmed to The Inner Sanctum.
The news comes just two months after Hunt defended his Australian Welterweight title, taking a majority decision over ‘Banging’ Ben Kite (18-6-1, 7 KOs) in December. In a pair of meetings in 2021, the southpaw bested Kite, taking two gruelling decision victories in the process.
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As such, the New Zealand born Queenslander walks away from a blossoming future. A crafty fighter with a thunderous left hand, Hunt appeared to have the boxing world at his feet before calling time on his career.
Last year’s triumphs helped continue the upward trajectory of Hunt’s career. As he hangs the gloves up and bows out of fight game, he does so undefeated in 10 professional fights. The lone blemish, a 2019 draw against Ankush Hooda (3-0-1).
As well as the two wins over Ben Kite, he also triumphed over 2010 Commonwealth games representative, Luke Woods (8-4, 2 KOs) and former WBO interim World Lightweight title challenger, Czar Amonsot (35-6-3, 22 KOs).
There will be some disappointment on the part of Australia’s boxing community, many being left to wonder ‘what could have been’ for the talented prospect.
However, Hunt has made clear his intention to prioritise raising a young family and explore other avenues he wants to pursue in his personal life.
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