Over the past 24 hours it has emerged that Japan's Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-4, 9) is on the verge of retirement following a recommendation of his gym chairman, Takashi Edagawa.
The former Japanese champion had vacate the national title last year with “ill health” forcing him out of a scheduled defense. It's now emerged that the health issues were regarding his eyes with an injury to his retina. Since then he has been in action but it seems that further issues have made him and his team think twice about his career and it's been hinted that a retirement is looming.
A recent blog post by the popular Hosokawa has stated that if he loses later today, when he takes on South Korean fighter Jung Hoon Yang (9-6, 2) then he'll follow the advice of Mr Edagawa and immediately retire from the sport. The odds of Hosokawa losing to the limited Yang are slim but the talk of retirement really does seem to suggest that Hosokawa's career is heading to end.
From what we understand the plan may be for Hosokawa, if he beats Yang, to fight once more in a rematch against Japanese champion Yuki Nonaka then retire from the sport, win or lose against Nonaka. At the moment that hasn't been confirmed but several sources have indicated that the intention is for Hosokawa to end his career sooner rather than later.
(Image courtesy of Hosokawa's blog - http://ameblo.jp/450sori/)
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