Yesterday fight fans in Japan saw WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0-1, 8) record his first defense as he out pointed Japanese veteran Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志], scoring his second win over the 37 year old Japanese fighter.
Since the bout Uchiyama has given a number of words to the media and it seems like he has suggested a retirement is likely, though a decision hasn't yet been made.
What is clear is that Uchiyama intends to take a long rest, allowing his body and mind to recover from the bout before comitting to any future decisions. It does however sound like those around him are saying it will be the end of his career, a career that has seen him become one of the biggest names in Japanese boxing and one of the longest reigning champions in the countries history.
Although Uchiyama gave a solid over-all effort it did seem that his 37 years was showing here as he looked slow, old and almost as if he couldn't get off his shots. He was more competitive than he had been in the first loss to Corrales, but didn't look like the fighter he once was, and it's that that could push him into retirement, more than the loss by it's self.
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