Earlier today the Japanese website "efight" revealed that former 2-time OPBF Middleweight champion Koji Sato (20-2, 18) [佐藤幸治] was going to throw his hat into the mix to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following Katsunari Takayama [高山 勝成] in going from the professional ranks to the amateurs.
The 38 year old Sato, who hasn't fought since losing in an incredible 2011 bout with Makoto Fuchigami [淵上誠], appears to be taking this comeback pretty seriously.
At his best Sato was a heavy handed slugger. He had been an excellent amateur back in his pomp, running up a 133-3 (101) on the domestic scene and making his way to a number of international competitions, though failed to shine on the international scene.
At the moment it's very unclear whether Sato would manage to qualify as Japan's representative, given that there is stiff competition for places even in the higher weights, but to see Sato taking the sport seriously again is interesting and he's doing so with top amateurs, including Issei Aramoto [荒本一成] who is expected to make the national team for the Olympics.
Although Sato came up short in a world title fight with Felix Sturm he was an exciting fighter, and they say power is the last thing to leave a fighter, so he could, still, be a dangerous man on the domestic amateur scene.
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