Following that bout Takenaka stayed away from the ring and from boxing press conferences until today, when she took part in a press event to announce that has officially retired, ending her career after just 12 fights.
The The Hyogo fighter debuted in June 2012 and less than 2 years later claimed the OPBF Female Light Flyweight title, which she would go on to defend twice over the the following 18 months. Those wins helped her move up the WBO world rankings, and eventually land a shot at the vacant world title.
Sadly Takenaka was unableto win the WBO title as she suffered a pretty 1-sided defeat at the hands of Hawton, who was simply too quick, too aggressive, too powerful and too good, with the Australian claiming a wide decision.
Takenaka had suggested the loss was the end of her career but it wasn't until this morning that she made that official, explaining that a road traffic accident had pushed her into retirement, and not the loss to Hawton.
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