The former world champion has joined Kyoei gym as a representative and will be tasked with attempting to revive the one time promotional powerhouse.
Kyoei, historically the biggest rival to Teiken in Japan, has gone through some struggles in recent times and their failure to generate a world champion since Yota Sato's, who held the WBC Super Flyweight title between 2012-2013, has left them looking incredibly weak. Not only have they failed to have major success in the ring but they have also been reported to have struggled financially, making it harder to attract the best prospects and opponents.
Although not a dead company by any means we have seen Kyoei link up with other gyms and act as a promoter to other fighters, notably Shingo Wake, from the Koguchi boxing gym, and Hisashi Amagasa, from the Yamagami gym. We suspect that with Mr Sakata in his new role the company will look towards the new generation of fighters to try and revive the ailing gym.
(Image, courtesy of boxingnews.jp, features Mr Sakata second from the left)