Earlier today at the Aioi Hall fans got to see some interesting action.
The highlight, in terms of competitive action, saw the Japanese ranked Featherweight Shinji Takayama (21-3, 11) record his 14th straight victory as he out pointed the limited and light hitting Kohei Maruoka (7-6-1, 1) over 8 one sided rounds. The scorecards, which read 80-72,79-74,79-75 summed up the 1-sidedness of the contest though we're not sure if Takayama is as good as his record suggests.
Although Shinji Takayama was the highest fighter on the show the real highlight, for many, was the retirement ceremony of former Japanese title challenger Yuki Sano (17-3-5, 12). Sano, who was stopped 2 fights back by Naoya Inoue, got to end his career by sharing the ring with IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1, 10). Sano has unfortunately been forced into retirement from an injury to his eye.
Whilst this was likely the last time any of us will see Sano in the ring as a professional show it was nice to see him receive 10 rings of the bell and an IBF t-shirt, given as a present from "The Lightning Kid".
(Photo courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
Former Japanese title challenger Yuki Sano (17-3-5, 12) has announced that he has officially retired from active boxing due to an injury to his eye.
Sano, best known for his stoppage loss last year to Naoya Inoue and his split decision loss to Masayuki Kuroda in a Japanese Light Flyweight title fight, will return to the ring for the very last time on March 30th.
The return to the ring, as with many Japanese fighters, will be a ceremonial sparring session to allow the fighter to leave the sport on a high. For Sano this will be especially notable as he will get to share the ring with IBF Minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama.
Although Sano did promise in the past that he'd become a champion his retirement and injury has sadly prevented that from happening. Interestingly on his blog Sano did apologise for failing to keep this promise and for being a "liar" after not winning a title. We think everyone will forgive him and wish him the best in the future.
The poster and full details of the card have yet to be released though we hope to have them as soon as they've been made available.
(Photo courtesy of Yuki Sano and his blog).
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