Yesterday news broke to us that former Japanese Middleweight champion Keiji Eguchi (18-4, 12) would be returning to the ring on September 21st to take part in an official retirement ceremony. The ceremony, something that does occur quite often for former Japanese fighters, will see Eguchi in the ring for the first time in years.
From what we understand Eguchi will take part in a sparring session with Taisei Marumoto (28-9-1, 15), himself a former OPBF Welterweight champion.
We've got to admit we're unsure why Eguchi will be returning to the ring for this ceremony so long after his last bout, which was back in August 2009, but it's still going to be nice to see him back in the ring considering that to many fans he's a forgotten fighter probably does deserve his last hurrah after losing 3 successive bouts before his retirement.
Prior to his retirement in 2009 Eguchi had not only won the Japanese Middleweight title but had also made 5 defences of the belt. Of course however he did end his career with the aforementioned trio of defeats.
This ceremony has been added to a card headlined by Takahiro Murai (9-5-1, 3) fighting against Toshimasa Ouchi (16-7-3, 4). On paper this is a very decent main event for a small domestic show and with the Eguchi's long awaited retirement ceremony taking place on the same show we've got to admit the show just got that little bit better.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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