• Kyodo


Former World Boxing Association super-flyweight and bantamweight champion Hideki Todaka has decided to retire after failing to fully recover from eye problems, boxing officials said Friday.

Todaka, only the fifth boxer to hold WBA titles in two different weight classes, lost his WBA bantamweight interim title to Mexican challenger Julio Zarate on a 2-1 split decision in his first attempt at a world title defense in March last year.

Todaka made his pro debut in 1994 but underwent surgery on paralyzed left eye muscles in 2001. Todaka has an overall record of 21 wins, including 10 knockouts, four losses and one draw in 26 bouts.

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