The former Watanabe gym fighter was joined by a number people from his days as an active fighter, including Hitoshi Watanabe his former promoter and mentor. ring annou nce Naoki Sudo and others.
Uchiyama's plan is to now open a gym and become a promoter himself. Mr Watanabe, who was very complimentary of Uchiyama as a fighter. Despite the compliments Mr Watanabe did reveal that he nows sees Uchiyama as rival and that he's dreaming of having his fighters going up against Uchiyama's future fighters.
As for Uchiyama himself, he spoke about starting boxing at 15 and thanked fans for supporting him as a fighter until he was 37. That success included not only his ling and impressive reign as the WBA world champion but also the OPBF Super Featherweight title, and he actually got a special plaque today showing him with the OPBF title.
We'd love to wish Mr Uchiyama all the best as he looks to become a notable gym leader and a future key promoter for Japan, much like he has been one of the country's key fighters in recent years.
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