Our sources in Korea have informed us that former South Korean amateur star Shin Jong Hun has announced his retirement from the Korean national side following his issues with the APB (AIBA Pro Boxing).
Hun's issue with APB began last November when the star failed to compete in an APB event. APB punished Hun by giving him an 18 month ban from all AIBA events, essentially ruling him out of the 2016 Olympics and other major competitions. He has had a long term dispute with the APB regarding his contract and appears to have been left very disillusioned with the APB, AIBA and amateur boxing in general.
According to our source Hun held a press conference earlier this week stating that whilst he would retire from the national team he continue to compete, at least for the remainder of the year, in domestic competition whilst thanking those who had supported him as a fighter. He made it very clearly that he would never again compete for Korea, which is a huge loss for the Korean amateur team.
At the moment it's unclear what the future holds for Hun. We hope he'll be heading down the traditional professional path, perhaps signing with the emerging force that is AK Promotions. What is clear however is that South Korea have lost their biggest amateur star and APB politics has cost amateur boxing one of it's best talents.
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