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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Wiba champ Jujeath Nagaowa hangs boxing gloves

IGOROT lady boxing champion Jujeath Nagaowa is calling it quits after a 10-year colorful career and winning the Women's International Boxing Association (Wiba) international light flyweight title in the process.

Nagaowa, however, said she will not completely retire from combative sports and instead will set her sight to compete in mixed martial arts (MMA).

“I feel that boxing is not really for me and I think 10 years is more than enough,” said the 28-year-old righty.

Her recent defeat against Su-yun Hong for the Wiba world light flyweight championship in April 29 made the decision easier as Nagaowa compiled a record of 13 wins, eight by knockout and 17 defeats.

Nagaowa hogged the limelight last year after her 10 round victory against Chinese foe Luo Yu Jie at the Forum de Macau on June 6 in Macau, China.

The championship belt, however, did not arrive in time for the fight night but WIBA and the Macau promoter promised to send the belt to the Philippines as soon as it arrives from Florida, USA.

But instead of receiving accolades from government for bringing honor to the country, Nagaowa got a computation from the BoC telling her that her championship belt had a dutiable value of P20,147.77 of which the customs duty was P3,027.13 and the value added tax was P2,782.

With Nagaowa moving on to MMA, the formerly top ranked lady light flyweight of the country sees a bright future in her MMA career.

"Although MMA is far different from boxing but I see it as an avenue were I can improve as long as I work harder to achieve my dreams," added Nagaowa.

Nagaowa is currently undefeated in two fights after seeing action in Asia's largest MMA promotions, One Championship.

Jujeath, debut as an MMA fighter on may 2, 2014 and got her big win by stopping Jeet Toshi in the second round then followed it up with another second round TKO against previously undefeated Tharoth Sam on December 2014.

Nagaowa is currently working on a deal with an MMA promotion as she sees a return fight hopefully on July this year. (Roderick Osis)
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