Zaiphan Morris calls time on his pro boxing career
PUBLISHED: 14:25 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 11 June 2018
© 2013 Mark Hewlett
Norwich boxer Zaiphan Morris has called time on his professional boxing career.
The 33-year-old, who retires undefeated with a record of 12 wins, two draws and no losses, admitted that a combination of work and family commitments has forced him to hang up his gloves.
Morris, who was a fixture on the Norwich boxing shows, posted an emotional message on Facebook to make the announcement.
“I’ve always been a good judge and I’ve always listened to my gut and it’s served me pretty well,” said the super featherweight, whose final fight came last month as he defeated Jamie Speight at the Holiday Inn. “With huge sorrow (understatement) I’m calling it a day on my professional boxing career.
“As for why? There are always pros and cons for everything and that’s that. Work commitments and family commitments come first at this stage in my life and career. It’s life and it is what it is.
“What a journey it’s been. I’m hugely proud of every second of it. It has literally moulded me into a different man and I’m very grateful.
“You hear the saying of developing ‘man strength’, well I think this is both a physical and mental development. My time in boxing has given me my true ‘man strength’ mentally.
“When you actually sit and really think, I didn’t set foot into a professional boxing gym until I was 27, had zero amateur boxing experience and had at that time, only four unlicensed bouts.
“I turned professional at 29 years old and the improvement started as soon as I set foot in the gym, until this very day.
“Thirty-three years old, 14 professional bouts, an international challenge belt and undefeated, beating the current Southern Area champion in my final fight. Wow! Unreal!
“Retiring at my best, in my peak, on the back of my best performance, my decision, not forced into, is something I’m sad about but also proud of too.
“I’ve met some incredible people, made some proper friends and people that I look up to, admire and will always respect hugely.”
Morris trained at the Norwich Lads Club at the Hewett Academy and thanked the likes of Graham Everett, Jon Thaxton and Mervyn Turner, who helped him on his journey.