Boxing: Ex-world champion Miura to retire

Kyodo News

Posted at Jul 29 2017 02:30 PM

TOKYO - Former boxing world champion Takashi Miura, who failed in his bid to reclaim his WBC super featherweight title in mid-July, said late Friday that he will hang up his gloves.

"I thought about it a lot and decided to retire. I have no regrets," Miura, 33, said in a Twitter post. "I was able to make my childhood dream come true and stand on a ring in the United States, which had been unimaginable. I had a great boxing career. Thank you."

He claimed the belt in April 2013 but succumbed in a defense bout in November 2015 against Mexico's Francisco Vargas, who in January this year lost his second title defense to countryman Miguel Berchelt.

Miura tried to reclaim the championship on July 15 but lost a unanimous decision to Berchelt in Inglewood, California.

Miura leaves with a 31-4 record, including 24 knockout wins, with two draws.