Yesterday Japan's Shinya Iwabuchi (26-6, 22) [岩渕 真也] announced, through his blog, that his career was over following his recent loss to and Filipino banger Al Rivera (15-2, 13).
The wonderfully exciting Iwabuchi debuted back in 2004 as an 18 year old Super Featherweight and suffered back-to-back defeats to begin his career. Following that poor start he moved up in weight and carved 10 straight wins as a Lightweight before suffering a narrow defeat to Daiki Koide in 2008.
Follow the loss to Koide Iwabuchi moved up again, settling at 140lbs where he fought the rest of his career.
At 140lbs Iwabuchi claimed the Japanese title, stopping Yuji Wauke for the title in 2012, and defended it 3 times before making the first, of 3, unsuccessful challenges for an OPBF title, coming up short in a thriller with Min Wook Kim. Sadly the loss to Kim was the start of the end for Iwabuchi who would subsequently go 5-2 (5), with stoppage losses to Keita Obara and Al Rivera following.
Despite being best known for his losses Iwabuchi did score numerous wins of note, including an opening round KO of Koichi Aso, an 8th round TKO of Valentine Hosokawa, and a 7th round TKO win.
Whilst the retirement was partly down to the loss to Rivera it was also, in part, down to recurring injuries which have plagued Iwabuchi's career in recent years.
We'd like to thank Iwabuchi for the excitement he's given us over us career and wish him the best for the future. He may not have been the best fighter but he was very rarely in a dull fight and really did give his all every time he was in the ring.
Video's below show Iwabuchi's bouts with Koichi Aso and Al Rivera.
(Image courtesy of Iwabuchi's blog)
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