Earlier today fans in Osaka had the chance to see former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (29-11-5, 9) [細川 貴之] wave goodbye to professional boxing, and he did so with a win.
The popular Muto gym fighter had announced that he was retiring after today's bout, win lose or draw, with a non-descript Thai foe. As it turned out the bout was a good send off for Hosokawa, who had to work for him win, an 8 round decision.
From the earlier stages it was clear that Hosokawa was having a bit of fun, though he could never disrespect his foe who had turned up to do more than just allow Hosokawa to go through the motions. It wasn't going to be a public exhibition but more a solid work out.
At the end of the contest there was no doubting the winner, with Hosokawa getting the unanimous decision with scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 79-75. Following the scorecards he announced his retirement whilst in the ring and thanked those who had been around him during his long career, which has had it's shares of ups and downs.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Hosokawa for being a great servant of Japanese boxing, and whilst he may never have been a massive star his career has certainly been a memorable on with some really great moments.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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