Uchiyama revealed to TV Tokyo that his decision was essentially made in April and further strengthened a little bit later. The former fighter stated that he doesn't have the drive for practice that he once had, and that lingering injuries to his elbow and hand have helped make his decision.
The fighter stated that he can't fight at 100% and can't face the best causing a lack of motivation as well, and that he didn't want to continue to box in a half hearted manner.
Although the event was a mostly serious one there was some humour with Uchiyama playfully saying he didn't know what he was going to do with life, but might open a cat cafe in his free time.
Although Mr Watanabe has lost his star fighter here, he did seem to be fully behind Uchiyama's decision thanking the fighter, who got a round of applause from those at the event include people form TV Tokyo.
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