AUSTRALIA’S Boxing Champion of 2017 Daniel Heyes has thrown in the towel to launch his new gym Fighter Fit Boxing in his hometown Mandurah.
The Silver Sands boxer of 12 years has competed both internationally and nationally throughout his fighting career.
The father of two also teaches boxing to students at Coodanup College, Mandurah Catholic College and John Tonkin College.
He said he now wants to retire to spend more time coaching and to focus on family life.
“I’ve competed in 120 fights and won 101 fights, and also competed in state title competitions heaps and interstate a few times,” he said.
“I also won the national title in 2017 and then represented Australia all over the world.
“I would be away sometimes for two three weeks at a time.”
Mr Heyes said he had travelled all around the world with his sport including Thailand, China, Sri Lanka and England.
He said he completed 22 fights last year but did not have time to spend time with his family.
“My daughter was born and I missed her birth so I had a lot to sacrifice,” he said.
Mr Heyes said his wife Kelly, who was also named an Australian Champion boxer a few years ago, would help him coach at the new gym.
“My wife and I got bullied at school and we channelled our aggression in boxing and have done it ever since,” he said.