Sam Ah-See’s journey as a boxer is over.
In an unexpected declaration the 26-year-old southpaw called curtains on his flawless professional career on Saturday morning, officially announcing his retirement via social media.
His shock retirement comes at a time when, from the outside, his career looked truly set to take off.
Ah-See made the announcement amid his third stint in the USA training with legendary coach Justin Fortune – one of Manny Pacquiao’s trainers. He was preparing for his shot at the vacant IBF Australasian welterweight title on May 6, against Anthony Taylor.
That fight was on the Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury world title card, a win would also have given Ah-See a world rating.
Instead, he’ll return to Australia at the end of the month and begin his life out of the ring. Something he’s looking forward to immensely.
“I'm not sad. I'm actually glad I'm out, I feel like I've been living a lie for some time now, even years,” he said.
His battle began before his fight in Orange, in 2015, a fight he didn’t truly want to take and one he should never have fought in after breaking his hand the week before.
From then, it was a constant battle mentally, what Ah-See labelled “a loop of doubt and questioning”.
Several scheduled and cancelled fights didn’t help and neither did the lack of financial security, particularly with a five-year-old at home.
Ah-See also lost his father to cancer at the beginning of 2017. Everything finally came to a head and together with his mother and loved ones, Ah-See decided to call time.
The 26-year-old southpaw retires undefeated, ending his career with a 13-0-1 record.
Ah-See has offered to give the Central Western Daily an in-depth insight into the decision when he returns from the USA. He feels his story can deliver a positive message, look out for that in the coming weeks.