Chez Nihell celebrating victory at O2 Arena in London
Chez Nihell celebrating victory at the O2 Arena in 2019 (Picture: PA).
Boxing

Army's Chez Nihell announces retirement from professional boxing

After a disrupted two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army boxer has decided it is the right time to hang up his gloves.

Chez Nihell celebrating victory at O2 Arena in London
Chez Nihell celebrating victory at the O2 Arena in 2019 (Picture: PA).

The Army's Chez Nihell has announced his retirement from professional boxing.

In a statement on social media, the Army development team coach explained how a disrupted two years with a number of fights cancelled has resulted in this decision.

Nihell will now be focusing on his military career as well as his work with the Army boxing team.

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Nihell said: "It's not been an easy decision, but I'm hanging the gloves up.

"I won the ABAs and turned professional at 30-years-old – having my pro debut just before I was 31.

"The clock was against me. I had four fights in my first year, then due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I've lost out on two years.

"In the past six months, I've had three training camps back-to-back and three fight cancellations. It wasn't meant to be.

"My goal was to retire at 35 having had a good crack at winning domestic titles and a shot at the British.

"I will be 35 next year," he added.

Watch: Chez Nihell wins his fourth and final professional fight.

Despite his retirement, Nihell is already looking forward to his future projects.

He explained: "I'm not giving up or slowing down.

"I've got a young family and my Army career to focus on.

"I have goals set. I can also give my boxers, the Army development boxing team my all as Head Coach the rest of this year."

Since the announcement, many have paid tribute to Nihell's career, including tweets from Army boxing's Nathan Pearce and UKAF Rugby League CEO Dave Groce.