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Four-time world champion Freitas retires in Brazil

Four-time world champion Freitas retires in Brazil

Four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas of Brazil has retired from professional boxing.
The 30-year-old Freitas, whose last fight in April was a split decision win over Zahir Raheem of the United States for the vacant WBO lightweight belt, made the announcement on Tuesday.
The wildly popular fighter, Brazil's winningest, said he wants to continue his career as a promoter. He also said he will continue helping social projects throughout the country.
On making his debut in 1995, he won his first 29 bouts by knockout, and finished with a pro record of 38-1 with 32 KOs.
He won the WBO superfeatherweight title in 1999, and added the WBA belt in 2002 defeating Joel Casamayor.
Freitas came back from two knockdowns to beat Jorge Rodrigo Barrios in 2003, and successfully defend the WBA belt a third time, and the WBO version a 10th time.
The next year he stepped up to lightweight and beat Artur Grigorian for the WBO title, but seven months later he suffered his only loss in a defense against Diego Corrales, after he was knocked down in the 10th.
He won it back last April.


Updated : 2021-07-29 05:33 GMT+08:00