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Alexis Pritchard retires from boxing

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/07/2016
Alexis Pritchard © Getty Images Alexis Pritchard

History-making New Zealand boxer Alexis Pritchard has hung up her gloves.

The first Kiwi woman to win a fight at an Olympic Games, 32-year-old Pritchard announced her retirement following the national championships in Rotorua, where she won an 11th title.

Pritchard said on Facebook she now has other goals to pursue but was proud of a 13-year career which comprised 113 fights.

Born in South Africa, she moved with her family to Auckland at age 14 and soon took up a sport which was traditionally a male-only domain.

Her Olympic win came in the first round at the 2012 London Games, when she beat Tunisian Rim Jouini.

Pritchard made a bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics but fell short in the 60kg class at a qualifying tournament in Kazakhstan in May.

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