Last year we reported that former WBC female Flyweight champion Shindo Go (16-4, 11) [真道ゴー] was closing the door on her female boxing career to under-go sex realignment surgery to become a man. At the time the story caused a bit of a buzz, with Go suggesting she would try to fight with men after the surgery.
Following the news Go fought once, losing in a WBO female Bantamweight title fight to the brilliant Naoko Fujioka [藤岡 奈穂子], with Go having previously announced that that bout would be her last as a female.
Following the bout with Fujioka things went really quiet in regards to Go and her life. That was until earlier today when several Japanese sources reported that Go had indeed gone ahead with her gender realignment surgery, and was now living as a man. In fact not only is Go, now going under the name of Hiroshi Hashimoto, living as a man but has actually gotten married to long term partner Ayaka, after 7 years of being together.
Although Hashimoto hasn't officially announced their retirement from boxing, they are now expected to hand in a retirement notice to the JBC and begin a post boxing life whilst continuing to run a fitness gym.
Prior to having had realignment surgery Hashimoto had long battled with gender identity disorder and has openly thanked those who have respected the decision to have such drastic surgery.
We'd like to with Hashimoto and Ayaka a happy future together, and congratulate the happy couple on their marriage.
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