Olympian Adam Nolan hangs up his boxing gloves as he concentrates on club hurling

He plays for Wexford's Oulart the Ballagh

BY Raf Diallo 16:16 Wednesday 18 January 2017, 16:16 18 Jan 2017

Adam Nolan, red shorts, celebrates with the welterweight belt and trophy at the National Elite Male Championships Finals ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Olympian and five time Irish welterweight senior boxing champion Adam Nolan has announced his retirement from the sport.

The Wexford native says that he will now concentrate on hurling with his club Oulart the Ballagh, the 2015 Leinster Senior Club Hurling champions.

Nolan, who turns 30 in March, announced his decision took to social media to announce his decision to hang up the boxing gloves.

He wrote: "I’ve decided to call it a day on climbing into the ring, a decision that did not come easy and gave me plenty of restless nights over the last couple of months.

"To my family for all your support and encouragement along the journey – thank you, I owe it all to you. I couldn’t have asked for two better mentors in Pete Taylor and Billy Walsh, the memories I shared with them are something special.

"To Padraig Murphy for taking me to the top level of physical fitness, he always had me in great shape going in to every championship. A massive thanks to my bosses in Bray and in particular John Fitzpatrick. None of this would have happened without his generosity and understanding.

"Most importantly, thank you to every loyal supporter who I’ve shared the good and bad times with, you won't be forgotten. I’ve had no regrets and for me it’s time to hang up the gloves and enjoy a few years of hurling back home with Oulart the Ballagh."

Nolan was part of the Irish boxing team which travelled to London for the 2012 Olympic Games but was eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Men's welterweight competition.

He helped Oulart the Ballaght to the Wexford senior hurling county title in 2016.

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