Earlier this year we saw former Japanese and OPBF Lightweight champion Yoshitaka Kato (30-8-2, 9) [加藤 善孝] come up short against talented prospect Shuichiro Yoshino [吉野 修一郎]. That loss looked like it was the end for Kato, who looked like a still talented fighter, but one who was only a shadow of the man who had unified the domestic and continental titles.
Today it was finally confirmed that Kato would be walking away from the sport, with the Kadoebi Gym fighter taking part in a retirement ceremony at the Korakuen Hall.
The fighter stated that he started boxing late, picking up the sport after graduating from high school, but did well due to help from those at the gym. He also added that he had no regrets from his career and given his lack of amateur experience few can criticise him for the succes he had.
During his 40 fight career he went on to defeat the likes of Nihito Arakawa, Takashi Inagaki, Akihiro Kondo, Shoji Kawase, Yuhei Suzuki, and Rey Labao. Sadly though in recent years losses to Masayoshi Nakatani, Ricky Sismundo, Daud Yordan and Yoshino have marked up his record and showed that he was on the slide for quite some time. Despite those losses it's worth noting he lost to the current Japanese and OPBF Lightweight champions, Yoshino and Nakatani.
We'd like to wish Kato the best in his post-boxing career and thank him for some thrilling fights over the years.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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