Just one week shy of her 45th birthday, Kazumi Izaki has become Japan’s oldest professional boxer after passing the sport’s licensing test. A former aerobics instructor, Izaki first took up the sport in 2001. Oh, did I mention she has two daughters aged 21 and 14?
“I’m a mum but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I wanted to show my children that if you give up, then you’re washed up!”
Interestingly enough, 46-year-old Hiroaki Yokota was the sport’s oldest boxer until he decided not to renew his license.
Just goes to show you that there is always hope for a second career later in life.