We've got word from our Japanese sources that recent Japanese Welterweight title challenger Tetsuya Suzuki (29-12, 17) is set to retire.
The 31 year old Suzuki fought Suyon Takayama this past Monday for the Japanese Welterweight title and put up a stirring effort though was narrowly beaten on the cards. It seems that this was Takayama putting all of his effort in and it sounds like he has said to himself "I gave it my best shot and I'm not quite good enough to beat the top guys in Japan any more".
Prior to his fight with Takayama this week Suzuki had actually been a 2-time Japanese Middleweight champion and a former OPBF champion so does have a very credible career to retire with despite his "record" looking less than flattering.
Although this story has yet to be confirmed we're expecting to see more reports about it coming out later this week. If it's confirmed then we hope Suzuki will be happy with what he's achieved in the sport and that he has a great retirement, he's earned it.
(Photo courtesy of Mushima boxing gym)
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