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Sunday. January 24. 2021

Ex-OPBF welterweight champ Ngahama retires from boxing

Former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation welterweight champion Riku Nagahama of Kodoebi Boxing Gym retired from boxing as he has already submitted a notice to this effect to the Japan Boxing Commission following his failure to retain the title against Ryota Toyoshima of Teiken Gym in Tokyo on Jan. 16.

The 29-year-old Nagahama, who hails from Japan’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, cited his right-eye injury as the chief reason for the retirement, according to his YouTube channel. He had been suffering from the injury before the Toyoshima fight, in which he was floored once and dropped the 12-round decision for his first title defense at Korakuen Hall.

Nagahama, who captured the title by decisioning Afghanistan’s Kudura Kaneko of Honda Boxing Gym for the vacant crown in February last year. His lifetime record was 12 wins, including four knockouts, against three defeats and a draw.

According to Nagahama, his injury got worse in the Jan. 16 bout. He said, ‘’I have no regrets about my boxing life and can leave the ring with a clear mind.’’

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