Professional boxer Miles Shinkwin has today announced he will be retiring from the sport.
The 31-year-old’s boxing license expired today (September 2) making a promise to his wife that if the phone didn’t ring for a big fight then he would retire – the phone never rang.
Miles said in a statement: “In all honesty with the tragedies recently and the birth of my third child I think the risk now far exceeds the rewards.
“I’ve boxed since I could walk, my first spar is on VHS somewhere at three years old, I’ve given 28 years of my life to the sport and had often felt it gave me very little back.
“Later down the road I’ll realise it was some of the best times of my life.”
Miles gradually rose through the ranks winning seven national titles, multinational golds and a Junior Olympic bronze at amateur level to performing on the professional stage against Joel McIntyre, Liam Conroy and Bob Ajisafe.
He also praised his mum and dad, his greatest supporters who have helped him all the way, as well as his sponsors and fans.
Miles said: “I’ll always be able to say it’s been 95 per cent because of him. My dad, an absolute hero. I’ve had over 100 fights and he trained me for 80 of them. My greatest supporter and my harshest critic.
“My mum also, I often wonder when I’d lose the baby of the family tag but at 31, I doubt I ever will. My two biggest influences even now, I couldn’t have asked for any better.
“To every single person who spent their money buying tickets to watch me fight, just so I could chase a dream, you’ll never understand how thankful I am.”
Miles will now be continuing his day job at Miles Better Plumbing and Heating in the local area.
If you’ve got a minute or 10 to spare. Take an read. From the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone involved in my career. If I forgot you, it’s not personal, I just met a lot of good people. ✌🏻1/3 pic.twitter.com/qXJfINdMnw
— Miles Shinkwin (@milesshinkwin) September 2, 2019