It's fair to suggest that Japanese boxing is currently having a golden age, with a lot of young fighters breaking through the ranks and winning world titles at a young age, making their name and putting Japan on the map of every self respecting fight fan. Sadly thougbhtat rise of the youngsters has only been one part of the current Japanese boxing narrative, with the other being focussed on the proverbial "Old Guard".
Today we saw another member of that old guard retire from the sport, with former WBC Super Featherweight champion Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24) [三浦 隆司] announcing, over twitter, that he was retiring in the wake of his recent loss to current WBC Super Featherweight champion Miguel Berchelt (32-1, 28).
During the fight with Berchelt we saw a determined Miura look off the pace, a sign that his long an hard career was catching up with him, and although he had moments he never looked like the man formerly dubbed the "Mexecutioner". Instead he looked like a shop worn and weary version of the fighter who went through wars with the likes of Yoshimitsu Yashiro, Takashi Uchiyama, Sergio Thompson, Francisco Vargas and Miguel Roman.
In announcing his decisiom Miura stated he didn't regret his career at all and fulfilled his dreams of being a boxing, and went further than he imagined when he fought in the US, thanking the fans for their support.
Given the timing of this announcement, only days after his loss to Berchelt, it seems likely that Miura knows he's not the fighter he used to be and is getting out before taking too much punishment.
Whilst it's a shame that Miura that Miura was unable to reclaim the title it's great that he's walking away on his terms, and from the bottom of our hearts we want to say thank you to Takashi for his career, his fights, his performances and all the great memories he's given us. It's really been a pleasure, and we wish you all the best in your post boxing life.
Thank you "Left Bomber".
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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