Back in July former WBA Super Featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志] announced his retirement from the sport of professional boxing, ending what had been a remarkable career for the Watanabe Gym star. Yesterday the fighter helped a retirement party, a huge event to talk about his career, share items of nostalgia and even watch video messages from former rivals. It was an emotional event with a huge number of boxing people attending and really was a celebration of Mr Uchiyama.
The event not only saw an incredibly in shape Uchiyama attend, and admit that he was still doing very regular gym road work and gym work but also, more interestingly, that he was looking to set up his own gym in the very near future.
The gym, which currently lacks a name, seems to be Uchiyama's big plan for 2018 and he's currently looking at various locations for his gym. To begin with the gym will be a boxing and fitness gym, though it does seem like the longer term plan is to build it into a fully flegded professional boxing gym.
For Uchiyama the event was clearly a big point of celebration and aparently it was a bigger success than he had expected, with 700 people expected and around 1000 actually turning up. In some ways that shows just how popular the fighter has been, in and out of the ring, and why he shouldn't have any problems drawing people to his gym in the future.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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