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Naomi Togashi © Gallo Images

Ex-champ retires to catch babies



Former women’s world flyweight champion Naomi Togashi has retired from boxing.

The Japanese fighter, who works as a midwife, announced her retirement in Tokyo on Monday.

"Ten years ago I began boxing as an amateur," the 37-year-old told reporters, adding that she had decided to concentrate solely on delivering babies.

"I have continued working and training and I have no regrets," she added.

Togashi turned professional in 2007, two years before women's boxing was even recognised in Japan. She won the WBC (World Boxing Council) flyweight title the next year.

She defended her title seven times before losing it to Mexico's Esmeralda Moreno, who beat her on points.

"I really wanted to retire after a victory," said Togashi. "But I’m glad that I chose to become a boxer."



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