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Canadian Heavyweight Simon Kean Hangs Up Gloves After Impressive Career

In a decision that marks the end of an era, 35-year-old Canadian heavyweight Simon Kean has announced his retirement from boxing. After an illustrious career spanning 70 amateur fights, including a notable appearance in the 2012 London Olympics, and 25 professional bouts with 23 victories, Kean, known as the “Grizzly,” is stepping away from the ring.

Kean’s journey in boxing served as more than just a sport; it was a transformative force in his life, bringing structure and discipline to what was once a turbulent existence. Beginning in 2007 with a junior championship title, Kean continued to make his mark, claiming the senior national championship in 2011 and 2014.

His national success led him to the global stage, participating in Olympic qualifications and securing a spot in the 2012 London Olympics. While there, Kean triumphed over Frenchman Tony Yoka but faced defeat against Kazakh giant Ivan Dychko, concluding his Olympic journey.

Transitioning to the professional realm in 2015, Kean made an immediate impact with 15 consecutive knockout victories. Despite a setback against Dillon Carman, Kean redeemed himself in a rematch, showcasing resilience and determination.

As Kean climbed the heavyweight rankings, he contested for various titles, including the IBO Inter-Continental, NABF heavyweight, and the WBC Francophone, Silver, and International belts. His last bout, in October of the previous year, saw him facing former world champion Joseph Parker, ending in a third-round knockout.

Simon Kean’s retirement marks the close of a chapter in Canadian boxing, leaving behind a legacy of achievements and resilience. The “Grizzly” bows out with an impressive record and a journey that took him from local championships to global arenas.

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