Back in the summer of 2016 Japanese Super Featherweight puncher Masao Nakamura (22-3, 21) [仲村 正男] surprisingly announced his retirement. At the time it seemed like he had been in line for a WBA world title fight against Jezreel Corrales and it had seemed like bizarre time for the Atsumi gym fighter to walk away from boxing.
At the time the fighter himself had stated that his body wasn't up to the life style of being a boxer any more and that he felt a decline, both mentally and physically.
Last week however the fighter, a former OPBF champion, announced he had returned to the gym, has sparred and is now pencilled in to return to the ring on March 18th in Kobe, likely as part of the world title double header from Shinsei Gym.
To date no opponent has been announced for Nakamura's return but it's likely to be a safe first foe as he gets readjusted to the ring.
At 30 years old, and with almost 2 years of rest, the heavy handed "KO King" looks to be back with some real vigour, and domestic clashes with the likes of Masaru Sueyoshi, Kenichi Ogawa and former foe Masayuki Ito could all be very interesting down the line.
(Image courtesy of Nakamura's blog)
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