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The retirement ceremony for Naoko Fujioka of Shinji Takehara and Takanori Hatakeyama Boxer Fitness Gym, who won world female titles in five different weight divisions for the first time in Japan, was held during an event on Sept. 25 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.
The 48-year-old Fujioka said from the ring, ‘’I fought 14 years as a pro after boxing 10 years as an amateur. In other words, I devoted half of my life to boxing. I was able to get over such tragic experiences as the Great East Japan Earthquake and the death of my mother before taking a crack at my fourth weight-division world title thanks to your support.’’
She announced her retirement in May.
She last fought in April last year in San Antonio, Texas in the title unification fight with World Boxing Council flyweight champion Marlen Esparza of the United States only to lose her World Boxing Association title.
After making her professional debut in 2009, Fujioka won the WBC minimumweight, WBA super flyweight, World Boxing Organization bantamweight, WBA flyweight and WBO light flyweight. She won 19 times, including seven knockouts, against three losses and a draw during her professional career.