Joshua Franco publicizes his retirement following loss to Kazuto Ioka


Joshua Franco (R) is victorious as he defeats Andrew Moloney (L) for the WBA 115-pound title at Exhausting Rock Resort & On line casino Tulsa on August 14, 2021 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. (Photograph by Mikey Williams/Prime Rank Inc through Getty Photos)

Former junior bantamweight titleholder Joshua Franco has determined to retire from boxing, making the announcement on his Instagram account Sunday.

The announcement got here at some point after shedding to Kazuto Ioka by unanimous determination in Ioka’s hometown of Tokyo, Japan. Franco missed weight at Friday’s weigh-in by over six kilos and was thus stripped of his WBA 115-pound title belt.

“I needed to begin off by saying Thank You to everybody that has supported me in my profession,” Franco acknowledged in his Instagram put up. “Final night time in Tokyo, Japan was formally my final combat. It was a troublesome week for me and I didn’t get the end result I needed however I depart this sport understanding I gave it every little thing I had.”

Franco cited going via psychological well being points throughout a majority of his professional profession that started in August 2015.

“For almost all of my profession I’ve been going via quite a lot of psychological issues that I used to be doing my greatest to manage. I by no means talked about it publicly as a result of I didn’t need anybody to suppose I ever made an excuse for something or for anybody to have a look at me completely different. I battled via it as a lot as I might to nonetheless carry out and offer you guys some nice fights. For anybody that battles via any kind of psychological well being points please know you aren’t alone. And you’ll’t let something cease you from reaching your goals.”

The 27-year-old, who was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, was elevated to full WBA titleholder after successful a unanimous determination over Andrew Moloney in August 2021. It was the ultimate combat in a trilogy in opposition to Moloney, which additionally included a choice win in June 2020 and a no determination lower than 5 months later.

Franco (18-2-3, 8 knockouts) fought most of his profession underneath the Golden Boy Promotions banner. After struggling his first lack of his profession in March 2018, Franco rebuilt his profession combating at 115 and 118 kilos.

Apart from combating 3 times in opposition to Moloney, Franco additionally had a trilogy in opposition to Oscar Negrete, producing motion fights in 2018 and 2019 that resulted in two split-decision attracts and a split-decision win for Franco.

Franco is the older brother of WBO flyweight titleholder Jesse Rodriguez. He entered the combat ranked No. 4 by The Ring. Together with Rodriguez, Franco was skilled by Robert Garcia.

“I need to say Thank You to my workforce. My mother, dad, and brothers for all their assist and help all through my profession. Everybody at RGBA (Robert Garcia Boxing Academy) for believing in me serving to me obtain my goals. You guys all the time believed in me and I’ll perpetually be grateful.

“Once more Thanks to everybody for all their help and I’ll see you guys round.”


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has coated boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached at [email protected]


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