Reports coming out of Japan earlier today included the announcement that Japanese female boxing legend Fujin Raiki (25-8-1, 10) has retired, ending her iconic career aged 38.
The fighter, real name Emiko Raika, was one of the first Japanese female boxers and made her debut back in 2000, stopping Keiko Onuma.
Although the JBC didn't officially recognise female boxing until 2008 Raika had kept herself active in the ring and had already won a trio of secondary world titles in the form of 2 WIBA belts and an IFBA title. As well as those titles she had also travelled for fights taking part in contests in both South Korea and Canada, facing the excellent Jelena Mrdjenovich in Canada.
By the time the JBC finally recognised female boxing Raika had already run up a record of 17-3-1 (6) and was already in her 30's.
Raika continued to boxing after the JBC recognised the sport and fought a further 10 times over the following 5 years. Those bouts included her fighting Ann Saccurato, Olivia Gerula, Layla McCarter, Jelena Mrdjenovich and, most recently, Hyun-Mi Choi. Unfortunately for her Raika failed in 3 "real" world title fights, failing in attempts to claim the WBC Female Lightweight title, the WBA Female Lightweight title and the interim WBA Female Super Featherweight title. Despite these losses however she will be remembered as one of the women who looked to buck the trend in boxing and helped force the JBC to accept female boxing.
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