Last weekend saw a big win for the Watanabe gym with Hiroto Kyoguchi (8-0, 6) [京口 紘人] claiming the IBF Minimumweight title, Ryoichi Taguchi (26-2-2, 12) [田口良一] retaining his WBA Light Flyweight title and Ryuichi Funai (28-7, 19) [船井 龍一] successfully defending his Japanese Super Flyweight title.
It was, a huge day for the gym, and one that saw former WBA Super Featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志] doing media work for TV Tokyo, who showed much of his career. He has been asked whether or not he would be making a comeback following his TV work, but respectfully asked the focus to be on Kyoguchi and Taguchi, and that he would announce his decision soon.
Earlier today, Japanese time, Uchiyama spoke to the media about his future and has revealed that he is now retiring from professional boxing, ending a 7 month wait for his decision. That decision will be made official very soon as he is set to take part in a press conference to announce the decision, and announce what his future plans are going to be, with some suspecting he will remain in the sport in either a role with the media, or at the Watanabe gym.
During his career Uchiyama has long been a fan favourite, and he ran up 11 defenses of the title during a reign that began in 2011 and came to an end last year, when he suffered the first of two losses to Jezreel Corrales.
During his career Uchiyama scored notable wins over Nedal Hussein, Juan Carlos Salgado, Takashi Miura, Jorge Solis, Michael Farenas, Bryan Vasquez and Daiki Kaneko and was the star of the Watanabe gym. It now seems as if he has officially handed the torce to Taguchi, Kyoguchi and the rest of the rising fighters at the gym, a gym he essentially speaheaded over the last decaded or so.
(Photo courtesy of Yurogi Yamaguchi)
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