Tokyo, May 16 (ANI): A Japanese housewife, Kazumi Izaki is set to be the world’s oldest champion, if she’s allowed to fight at the age of 46.
According to The Independent, Izaki rises at 5:45 a.m., makes her daughter’s packed lunch, shops, cooks and cleans. After her husband comes home in the evening, she heads for the local boxing ring to spar for a world title shot.
If she beats her Mexican opponent Ana Maria Torres, she’ll make history by becoming the oldest boxing title holder on the planet.
The odds are long. At 46, Izaki is 17 years older than her famously tough opponent and fighting not just age but officialdom.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) called off a scheduled bout for the world super flyweight title between the two in February after expressing concerns about Izaki’s ability to withstand a pounding in the ring.
But the 50kg frizzy-haired flyweight calls those fears misplaced.
“It’s natural that they worry about the age difference because it could be dangerous. But I’ve been doing this for years and I’m strong. I’m going to bring home that belt. I’m confident, I’m not afraid,” she says after a punishing two-hour evening workout.
Susumu Hanagata, her trainer, says Izaki, Japan’s oldest professional boxer, was “devastated” by the cancellation, but is training harder than ever. (ANI)