Earlier this month saw an event held to help rally around and celebrate former WBA Middleweight champion Shinji Takehara, who very ill last year and suffering from cancer.
The event saw the now retired fighter, who now appears to have beaten the disease, being joined by a list of notable Japanese fighters including current world champions Takashi Uchiyama (22-0-1, 18), Naoya Inoue (8-0, 7) and and Naoko Fujioka (12-1, 6) and active fighters Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10) as well as legends such as Yoko Gushiken, Hideyuki Ohashi and Guts Ishimatsu.
Although Mr Takehara has been cleared of cancer he is is still showing signs of the effects of the medication and although he is 43 he looks much older, thankfully however he does appear to be on the mend and was said to have been in good spirits at the end event.
Whilst Mr Takehara is long retired from fighter he is still a popular figure among the Japanese boxing community and acts as a promoter along his very close friend, and former 2-weight world champion, Takanori Hatakeyama
We want to wish Mr Takehara all the best in his recovery.
(Image-Top courtesy of Hideyuki Ohashi's blog, bottom due to Boxingnews.jp)
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