“Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional boxing,” 33-year-old former IBO super featherweight champion Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18 KOs) said today. “This is a happy occasion and I’m very comfortable with my decision. I’ve been boxing a long time and the sport has given me so much, now it’s time for the next phase of my life. This decision was not an easy one but one in my heart I know is what is best for me and my family. I’ve had a great career and I’m very lucky my dreams did come true. I won an IBO World title and in my last fight defended it in South Africa against a great fighter. I finish my career like I started it – I gave my all, I tried my best – that’s all anyone can do regardless of winning and losing.”
Asis informed his trainer/manager Brendon Smith of his decision last weekend.
“When Jack informed me of his decision over the weekend it brought a smile to my face,” Smith said. “It made me smile because whatever Jack wants to do I’ll always support 100%. Jack has nothing left to prove and the reality is we’ve tried to lure the big names, Billy Dib, Joel Brunker, Will Tomlinson and so on – for one reason or another neither of that trio would agree to a bout with Jack. So there isn’t anything left for Jack to prove. He reached the top – he won a world title, no one can ever take that away from him.”
“In the time I’ve worked with Jack he’s given me so much. I can never say thanks to Jack enough. We’ve been through the good times and the bad times together. That will never change, Jack will always be family to me. He achieved so much in the ring, but I’m prouder of the man he is outside the ring. He has guided and helped so many boxers in the gym whether they be amateur or pro. He’s a great man of the community and as we’ve often said ‘Toowoomba loves Jack Asis.’ I have no doubt Jack will still be around the sport – he has the potential to be a great trainer one day if that’s what he chooses to do. If not he will become a big part of our team as an advisor to all of our boxers. There is no better role model than Jack Asis.”