Tuesday 11 September 2012
Last Update 10 September 2012 7:02 pm
TOKYO: Japanese boxing midwife Naomi Togashi, a former women’s world flyweight champion, announced her retirement from the sport yesterday.
“Ten years ago I began boxing as an amateur,” the 37-year-old told reporters after deciding to focus solely on delivering babies.
“I have continued working and training and I have no regrets.”
Togashi turned professional in 2007, two years before women’s boxing was even recognized in Japan, and won the World Boxing Council’s flyweight crown the following year.
She successfully defended her title seven times before losing a decision to Mexico’s Esmeralda Moreno.
“I really wanted to retire on a victory,” said Togashi. “But I feel glad I chose to become a boxer.”
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