The popular fighter, dubbed "The Ace of Japan", was running the Osaka marathon over the weekend and despite struggling to complete the course he refused to rule out a return to the ring. In fact Hasegawa was quote as saying he needed "a little more to think" and that he would reach a decision "by the end of the year."
Hasegawa last fought when he battled against hard hitting Spanish fighter Kiko Martinez in an IBF Super Bantamweight title fight. It seemed after that fight that everything was set for a retirement with the Japanese fans seemingly accepting that that was the last they would see of the great fighter. The recent comments however will give the fans a sense of trepidation. On the one hands we're sure his fans would love to see Hasegawa in the ring just once more, hoping to recapture the magic that once left them spell bound and they'd love him to retire on a win. On the other hand no one would want to see Hasegawa suffer another defeat and it may be better for his long term health to walk away from the sport.
For what it's worth Hasegawa's struggles at the Osaka marathon would make us feel that retirement from boxing may be a good decision. Although his mind still knows what he wants to do it's sadly a case of the body, which is almost 34 years old, not quite managing to do what he wants it to.
Whether Hasegawa retires or not once thing cannot be denied. He had a brilliant career, scored some huge wins and was a fighter who managed to excite all those watching him. For those who did miss out on his career they really did miss out and hopefully they will get a chance, in the future, to see Hasegawa fights on video as he was a sensational fighter in his pomp.