Boxing is littered with some great stories and over-looked heroes. One such fighter has recently called it a day retiring having made a success of his career after once being written off, big time.
That man is "Cinderella Man" Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18) who has announced his retirement at the age of 33.
The Filipino born Australian based fighter, known as the "Assassin", began his career way back in 2002 and struggled almost from the off falling to 2-2-1 after 5 bouts. His tenacity kept him in the sport and he swiftly improved, winning 6 in a row to move to 8-2-1 (3) with a notable upset win over Dody Boy Agrabio. That winning run came to an end at the hands of future world title challenger Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym and by the end of 2006 he was 11-6-2 (4). His style had made for fun fights but he was picking up losses whilst being over-matched, as seen with his 2006 loss to Mzonke Fana and losses in 2007 to Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
Beginning 2009 Asis was 19-12-3 (9), his career had seemingly began to go nowhere. Things got worse when he went on a run of 6 straight losses in the space of 15 months and fell to 21-18-4 (10). With a sub 50% winning rate it looked like Asis was set to be little more than a journeyman but then he was given time and invest, with a promoter actually willing to give him a chance. Asis took that chance and ended up running off a 14-1-1 (8) end to his career, scoring upset wins against the likes of Brett William Smith, Chaiyong Sithsaithong, Maxsaisai Sithsaithong, Josh King, Nestor Rocha, Ryusei Yoshida and Kye MacKenzie, eventually winning the IBO Super Featherweight title.
Asis was working towards a more widely recognised world title until he lost earlier this year to Malcolm Klassen in South Africa. After the loss Asis took time to asses where he wanted to before announcing his retirement.
Once a homeless boy on the streets of the Philippines Asis became a hero to those and clear example of what hard work and dedication can do for a fighter. He never have been the best in the ring but the way he turned around a career that seemed aimless really is a real story worth remembering and although the IBO title not be taken seriously to most it was certainly an unexpected achievement for Asis given the way his career looked at various times.
We'd like to wish Jack all the best in his next move and really hope that a movie will be created about him as he's a fighter with such a great story.
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