A few weeks ago we saw Daiki Kaneko (26-6-3, 18) [金子 大樹] engage in a 10 round thriller with the unbeaten Pavel Malikov in Russia. Despite being dropped in the first round, and after the final bell, many felt Kaneko deserved the win after a really gritty, determined and aggressive showing against the talented Malikov.
Today, around a month after that bout, Kaneko took to social media announce that he was retiring from the sport with that bout being his final one.
The 29 year old Japanese fighter had been in some great fights through his career, with memorable wars against fellow retirees Masao Nakamura and Takashi Uchiyama as well as a very tough bout with Jomthong Chuwatana and it's fair to say he took more punishment than many fighters.
Although best known for losing in his most notable bouts, including a WBA world title bout with Uchiyama, Kaneko was a former Japanese Super Featherweight champion, winning that title in 2012, who made 4 defenses before facing Uchiyama.
Kaneko thanks those at the Yokohama gym and fans, but stated that he was no longer able to fight at his best, suggesting that perhaps his tough career has taken it's toll on his body. He's yet to decide on what he's doing post boxing but we wish him all the best in his post boxing life.
Notably he follows Uchiyama, Takashi Miura, Makoto Fuchigami and Jumbo Oda Nobunaga Shoten Petagine into retirement, with a spate of recent retirements in Japan, and the wider global boxing scene.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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