The highly experienced Ueno had decided last year, after losing to Shota Hayashi, that he was wanting to retire from boxing, but had wanted to do so at the Korakuen Hall. As a result he was included in today's Dangan card, against a man he hotly favoured to win, and go out on a victory. A victory that came in the 7th round of a scheduled 8 round, with the Thai being counted out.
Following the win Ueno took to the microphone flanked by family and his team and announced that he was walking away from being an active fighter.
Although Ueno's name isn't one that will be known around the world he was a great stalwart for Japanese boxing. He began his career way back in 2001 and fought 4 times for the Japanese Featherweight title, coming up short against Takahiro Ao, Naoki Matsuda, Hisashi Amagasa and the aforementioned Hayashi, as well as challening Hiroshige Osawa for the OPBF title in 2012. Sadly he came up short in all 5 of his title bouts but was a fighter who was much better than his record suggests and had been a staple on the domestic scene for 16 years.
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