The fighter, along with young brother Tomoki and Daiki, is banned from Japan where he was once the toast of the town. This has left him continuing his career his career on the road and saw him fighting just once last year. That bout sad Koki battling against Omar Salado in the US in a non-televised undercard bout which saw Koki being paid a paltry $17,000. According to the fighter in a recent blog update that effectively left him making nothing for the year from boxing when deductions, such as training expenses, were taken.
The blog entry, which translates to "Keep in Quit", was certainly not a cheery one from Koki who not only mentioned his lack of financial for the year but also appeared to hint that he was seriously considering retirement.
The fighter stated that his career, which began back when he was 17, has been full of up and downs but that last was effectively a low point given his lack of earnings. It was such a low point that he questioned why he was continuing in the sport.
Although he didn't come out and say he was retiring the blog did strongly hint that the idea is was in his mind however he seems to have decided to continue with the sport for another year. We suspect that if 2015 fails as much as 2014 did then then we may well have seen the end of Koki who's career now hangs in the hands of American advisor Al Haymon.
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