Sasaki, who beat Tadashi Yuba for the Middleweight title in October 2012, lost his title in his first defence after he was stopped by Tomohiro Ebisu. He later served as the sparring partner for Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata in Murata's public test. Sadly after back to back losses to Ebisu and Takehiro Shimokawarahe retired, despite being only in his mid 20's.
Having realised that retirement was a rash decision it's been announced he will be returning to fight the hard hitting and exciting Shoma Fukumoto (3-1, 3). Fukumoto, who was shocked in by Arnel Tinampay in his sole loss, is a genuinely dangerous fighter though at 23 some will question his maturity and experience. Saying that however it's likely his lack of experience that has seen him selected as an opponent for Sasaki who will likely know that a loss here will spell the end of his career at the top of the domestic scene.
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