Last April we saw Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15) suffer a 7th TKO loss to the then IBF Super Bantamweight Kiko Martinez. For Hasegawa it was a failed attempt to become a 3-weight world champion and for many fans it was hoped that that was the end for Hasegawa who showed some glimpses of magic but looked like a man who had given his all to the sport and really needed to walk away. The response Hasegawa got as he walked from the resembled the applause that a great fighter gets when the fans know it's the end, it was a combination of respect and acknowledgement, a thank you for what Hasegawa had done but a hope that we wouldn't see him beaten up again.
Since that loss we had assumed that Hasegawa was going to retire. It seemed the obvious choice. Earlier today however the fighter stated that he will be continuing in the sport as an active fighter and will be working towards his ring return later in the year.
Although we, as many fans, had hoped Hasegawa was going to retire and enjoy the rest of his life we can also accept that he wants to give it one last run, and at 34 years old it will, almost certainly, be one final run. Thankfully he has taken a long break from the ring, had a really serious think about his future, given his body a much needed rest and made a decision based on how he feels rather than making a snap decision. Hopefully that rest will have been enough for the talented and popular fighter to return with no linger effects from the Martinez fight.
Whilst Hasegawa has said he will return, there is no set date or opponent for his comeback bout. We're hoping his next foe will be a light touch just so we can see what Hasegawa has left to offer before he takes on any type of a real challenge.
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