The former OPBF and Japanese Middleweight champion, best known for a loss in a WBA world title fight against Gennady Golovkin, had looked a faded force in recent years losing 6 of his last 10 but had continually been in thrillers right up to the end.
Fuchigami's final fight was his December 24th war for the Japanese interim Middleweight title against Tomohiro Ebisu, a late contender for the 2016 Japanese Fight of the Year. That fight wasn't his only thriller however and his 2011 win against Koji Sato, to unify the Japanese and Oriental crowns, was one for the ages. For those who haven't seen it we've included it below.
During his 35 fight career Fuchigami scored notable wins over Gaku Takahashi, Tetsuya Suzuki, Takayuki Hosokawa and Koji Sato. He was however unfortunate to run into Golovkin and never looked the same fighter, losing twice to Akio Shibata and twice to Hikaru Nishida, before being stopped by Ebisu last December.
Aged 33 and with his reflexes diminishing markedly it's good to see Fuchigamiwalk away from the sport. Sadly though the post-Golovkin part of his career really has seen him take a lot of punishment, suffering stoppages to Shibata, Nishida and Ebisu, and hopefully that damage won't effect him in later life.
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