The populiar and enigmatic Watanabe gym fighter will be best remembered for either his WBA Super Flyweight world title blut against the teak tough Nobuo Nashiro, who he dropped twice, or his incredible bout with Filipino Genesis Servania in 2013 in Macau.
Although never a world champion Tomiyama was known for his flamboyance and caught the eye of fans for being a lot more cocky than many of his Japanese counterparts, leaving a lasting impression on fans who saw him.
As part of his ceremony Tomiyama took part in a 2 round sparring session before talking to the audience and saying that he was looking forward to a post boxing life and had no regrets with his career. He seemed like a man who was happy about what he had done in the ring and was happy to end his career in the way that he wanted, rather than as a man being pushed into retirement.
Although we're not aware of what Tomiyama will be doing now his boxing career is over we do with him the best in the future, and we suspect everyone involved in Japanese boxing will be wishing him the same thing.
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