Earlier today Japanese fight fans at the Korakuen Hall had the chance to give Hiroki Shiino (11-4, 10) [椎野大輝] and Yuki Fukumoto (17-11, 5) [福本雄基] a send off, as both men took part in a joint retirement ceremony.
The two men, who were stablemates at the Misako gym, both announced their retirements recently and were given a solid send off as they each said good by to active participation in the sport.
Shiino, a former OPBF and WBC International champion, paraded his belts in the ring and thanks the Misako gym for their support when he was fighting. It seemed clear that whilst he has had to retire he has no regrets about his career, and from what we understand he will continue to work at the Misako gym as a trainer, something he's been doing for a while.
Fukumoto, who failed to win any title despite having a couple of title fights, thanked fans for their support and looked like a man who was enjoying his post boxing life.
For fans interested in seeing their ceremony it was featured on boxingraise and is available to watch on demand as part of the "The 64th Sanshu Ichimonkai" show.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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