Hit Squad captain Nick Okoth has finally called it quit to his boxing career after an exciting experience that lasted 14 years.
According to Okoth the Africa Boxing Championship in Maputo, Mozambique where he secured a silver medal was his last swing at the Sport.
Okoth further attributed his retirement to age, saying it has denied him the enthusiasm to carry on any further.
“Enough is enough. I no longer possess the stamina to take on the younger and more vibrant blood,” Okoth said.
“It’s now time to pave the way for budding boxers. We only need to tap into the existing pool of talent. I’ve seen a good number of upcoming boxers with the potential to make our country proud,” he added.
On May 26, the national team captain hinted at retiring after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the UK but changed his mind.
“When I attended the national trials after the Birmingham games, I had hoped to find a young man who would edge me out of the flyweight slot but none was there to match my skills,” Okoth said.
“You see, no one should expect to earn a slot in the national team on a silver platter. You need to fight extremely hard and push yourself to the desired heights. I wasn’t going to give anyone a chance so easily,” he added.
Okoth however expressed his satisfaction after clinching the silver at the premier continental showpiece in Maputo, where he also pocketed Sh600,000 from his exploits.
“Maputo was my third African championship and I’m very grateful to have had such an opportunity. I clinched two gold medals in my previous outings and I had hoped for another gold. However, I’m still thankful for the silver,” said Okoth.
Okoth missed out on the lightweight title after losing to Zambia’s Chilata Andrew on a split decision.