Earlier this year Japanese fighter Yu Kimura (18-3-1, 3) [木村 悠] lost the WBC Light Flyweight title, being easily out boxed by Ganigan Lopez. Following that bout Kimura, who has a good paying job outside of the ring, seemed to spend some time soul searching and questioning his future.
Earlier today he found the answers to those questions and has decided that that it's now the time to retire from the sport.
The fighter learned to become a trader after his first loss, back in 2008 to Shin Ono, and rebuilt his career following the loss.
As a professional fighter his big win came last year, when he shocked Pedro Guevara to claim the WBC Light Flyweight, though the fact he lost the belt in his first defense was a big disappointment for fans of the Teiken man.
As well as the win over Guevara he also claimed the Japanese Light Flyweight title, back in 2014 when he beat Kenichi Horikawa, and he also scored wins over the likes of Masayoshi Segawa, Yuki Chinen and Hayato Yamaguchi.
Although he's retired from boxing he's stated that he doesn't see it as an end but as a graduation to something else.
We'd like to wish the 32 year old the best for the future, and think he's probably picked the perfect time to retire.
For those who haven't seen it, we have included the Guevara bout below.
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