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)
One of our trusted Japanese sources has reported to us that former WBA Middleweight champion Shinji Takehara has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and will be fighting in the most important bout of his life.
Mr Takehara fought as a professional 25 times between 1989 and 1996 running up an impressive record of 24-1 (18) whilst becoming the first, and so far only, Japanese fighter to win a world title above Light Middleweight. His crowning glory in the ring was his win over Jorge Fernando Castro in 1995 which saw him claiming the WBA Middleweight world before losing it in his first defense against William Joppy the following year.
From the information we've been sent Mr Takehara has been suffering with health problems since late last year when he began been suffering with hematuria. This year however the problems have increased and he was originally diagnosed with bladder cancer. From what we understand those issues have worsened as he's began to see the cancer metastasis to his lymph nodes.
According to our source the former-fighter, who now runs a gym with close friend Takanori Hatakeyama, has recently received surgery and is now on anti-cancer drugs.
We would like to wish Mr Takehara the best of luck in his battle with cancer.
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