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Toshiaki Nishioka retires

Updated: November 14, 2012, 8:02 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Former junior featherweight titlist Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, one of the finest Asian fighters of this era, announced his retirement at a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Nishioka's retirement comes one month after he was knocked down twice and ultimately stopped in the ninth round challenging 122-pound titleholder Nonito Donaire on Oct. 13 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

"Boxing gave me so much happiness and I was able to experience special feelings. I was ...

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