Our Japanese sources have informed that former Japanese Super Flyweight champion Daigo Nakahiro (24-4-2, 10) has announced his retirement from professional boxing.
Aged 32 Nakahiro has had a memorable career which has seen him not only becoming a national champion but also fighting in OPBF and WBC title fights, though unfortunately for him he came up short in both of those fights.
Nakahiro debuted back in 2001 and rose through the domestic scene before facing Daisuke Naito in 2006 in a Japanese Flyweight title fight. Unfortunately for Nakahiro he was beaten, by split decision, by Naito who would unify the Japanese and OPBF titles in his very next bout.
Despite the loss to Naito it wasn't long before Nakahiro had an invitation to fight for a world title, travelling to Thailand to fight the then WBC Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. That bout was a bit of a disaster for the Japanese fighter who was widely beaten on the cards as he suffered his second successive defeat and fell to 13-2.
It took a little over 18 months following the loss to Wonjongkam before Nakahiro returned to title level and claimed the Japanese Super Featherweight title with a victory over Junichiro Sugita. As the Japanese national champion Nakahiro would defend his title 3 times, including a victory over Hidenobu Honda and a draw with Ryo Akaho, before losing a decision to the talented Yota Sato. The loss to Sato was followed by Nakahiro dipping his toes at Bantamweight where he was stopped in an OPBF title fight by Malcolm Tunacao.
In the fights that followed the loss to Tunacao things were less than spectacular and Nakahiro, although going 3-0-1, fought very limited foes. The most recent of those opponents was Thailand's Phetsaifar Lukmaelamperigym, who Nakahiro beat on April 13 this year. That bout seems to be his likely to be his last as he has already informed the JBC that he doesn't want to renew his licence any further and has officially announced his retirement.
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