This past weekend fight fans in Mexico saw local hopeful WBC female Light Flyweight champion Yesenia Gomez (15-5-3-1, 6) successfully defending her title against Japanese challenger Erika Hanawa (10-4, 4) [塙英理加].
Today it was revealed that Hanawa has handed in a retirement notice to the JBC to inform them that she isn't wanting to continue her career. Also writing a thank you blog to her fans and supporters, who helped her through roller coaster career
Hanawa's career won't be remembered by many, though in just 14 bouts she would twice fight for world titles, losing to Kayoko Ebata and Yesenia Gomez, win the WBC Asian Boxing Council and OPBF female Minimumweight titles and share the ring with not only Ebata and Gomez but also Shione Ogata and Saemi Hanagata.
It shouldn't be much of a surprise to see Hanawa retire like this, as she had suggested retirement late last yeah, if she had lost to Jujeath Nagaowa in November, and given her performance against Gomez it really did seem like she gave everything she had to become a champion at the weekend. Few can criticise someone for giving their all, and retiring when they realise their best isn't going to be enough.
We would like to wish Erika all the best in the future, with whatever she plans to do. Her short career has always been worth following.
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