18 Jan 2009

45 year old Japanese mum to box for world title

1:34 pm on 18 January 2009

A Japanese mother of two will bid to emulate George Foreman by winning a world boxing title at 45.

Kazumi Izaki, who became the country's oldest professional boxer last year, has agreed to fight Mexico's Ana Maria Torres for the world superflyweight title next month in Mexico.

Izaki says she had to have a major target this year, otherwise she doubts she would have carried on.

The former aerobics instructor, who has daughters at university and junior high school, admitted she had been horrified at having to punch someone after lacing up her first pair of gloves in 2001.

She trains nightly after preparing dinner for her family.