Earlier today fans saw former unified Light Flyweight champion Ryoichi Taguchi (27-4-2, 12) [田口良一] take part in his retirement ceremony, as he called time on his career at the age of 33.
The popular former world champion took part in a 3 round exhibition with former WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama [内山 高志] as part of the ceremony, with the two close friends, who have been described as being like brothers in the past.
The first two rounds saw the two sparring with head gear, before removing it for the final round and giving the fans a show, with Taguchi attempting to earn a financial reward that was offered by the show's sponsor if he could knockout Uchiyama, adding a bit of extra spice to their exhibition.
Afterwards the two men had a bit of a joke, before Uchiyama encouraged the fans in the venue to support Taguchi in whatever he does now he's retired.
After Uchiyama's words it was the turn of Hitoshi Watanabe, who stated that when Taguchi won the WBA world title at the end of 2014 was his best memory.
Taguchi then had a chance to speak to the fans himself, an explained that he started boxing at the age of 18 with the dream of becoming a world champion, before saying thanks, revealing he planned to stay in boxing in some form, with the speculation now being that he, like Uchiyama, will open a gym.
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Earlier today at Korakuen Hall fans were able to see the retirement ceremony of Ryuichi Funai (31-8, 22) [船井 龍一], who has ended his career following his loss in an IBF Super Flyweight title fight to Jerwin Ancajas.
As part of the event Funai, a former Japanese and WBO Asia Pacific champion, sparred 2 rounds with close friend Kenta Nakagawa (17-3-1, 12) [中川 健太], himself a former Japanese Super Flyweight champion. Although it was only a spar, between two close friends, they did give the fans something to get excited about in a very fun back and forth.
Funai's former promoter Hitoshi Watanabe took to the microphone, introducing hone and introduced Funai. He explained that Fuani had little amateur experience but got better with age, winning the titles he did late in his career, before wishing Funai good luck in his post boxing career.
After Watanabe spoke Funai's former trainer spoke of Funai, explaining how Funai had left a weak impression to begin with, before working his way up to the Ancajas fight, and seemed genuinely proud of the progress of his former student.
It was then funai's turn to speak, recalling when he started boxing, and how he felt as he developed his career, earned his titles, and his world title fight.
Interestingly the future plan for Funai is to open a restaurant.
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Earlier today Kazakh fighter Firuza Sharipova (10-1, 5) [фируза шарипова] announced she was ending her sports career and retiring from boxing.
The fighter revealed the reasons for her decision over social media, making a post on Instagram explaining why she was retiring and thanking her team.
The jist of her post was that she wanted to thank her coaches, managers and team for the excellent work they did with her career, but the finances promised to get her a WBC world title fight were never delivered, despite numerous promises. She explained that she doesn't see her efforts being rewarded and she's not willing to spend her life waiting on things that won't happen.
The 25 year old former IBO and WBC Silver female Super Featherweight champion has had a frustrating year so far, fighting just once. There had been a lot of talk and bluster from her team at the start of the year, though it began to feel very much like her press team were talking to keep her name in the press rather than really building towards anything. Her retirement somewhat backs that up.
Earlier in the year she had spoke about going to the 2020 Olympics but this announcement seems to end those plans, however she's not made it clear what her future brings.
We'd like to wish Sharipova all the best in whatever she does next.
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During his career Nakatani reeled off 11 defense of the OPBF Lightweight title, winning the belt in January 2014 and never losing it in the ring, instead deciding to vacate it following the loss to Lopez in the US. He scored notably wins on the regional scene over the likes of Yoshitaka Kato, Ricky Sismundo and Allan Tanada.
At the age of 30 there is a chance he will return in the future, because as we know boxers do mount comebacks, but it does appear this is a decision he has spent some time thinking about.
Whilst it's sad to see Nakatani fail to build on increased profile following his bout with Lopez, we do wish him the best in the future with whatever he chooses to do in his life.
Earlier today the Japanese boxing world had the chance to say goodbye to former 2-time WBA Super Flyweight champion Kohei Kono (33-12-1, 14) [河野 公平], who took part in an emotional retirement ceremony at the Korakuen Hall.
The popular Kono spoke to the fans and admitted that not everything went perfectly through his career, but that he was happy to become a world champion twice, stated that it was best boxing life and thanked everyone who supported him. It was clear in his walk to the ring that he was shocked by how much fans loved him, and he did look like he was holding back tears.
Following his short speech he got 10 rings of the bell to before having photos taken with his family and team.
At the moment it's not clear what Kono tends to do in his post boxing career but we'd like to send out best wishes to Kono, no matter what he does next. He has given us so many great memories that it's hard not to have a lot of respect for the Watanabe gym fighter.
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