Earlier today fight fans saw the IBF Super Bantamweight title change hands, as it was ripped from Yukinori Oguni (19-2-1, 7) [小國 以載] by Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16) [岩佐 亮佑].
The talented Oguni, was dropped 3 times in the first two rounds, and then left a bloody, beaten fighter when the doctor eventualkly saved him in round 6.
Following his defeat today Oguni has indicated that he will likely be retiring from the sport, and also telling the media after the fight that he's sorry for being defeated and had no response to Iwasa's southpaw left hand. He apologised to his team and seemed to suggest that the defeat to Iwasa has made him want to retire.
It should be noted that although he hinted at the decision it could well be that the comments to the media today were made in the wake of a bruising, damaging and painful loss, and that his team will talk to him down the line and try to talk him back into the ring. It should be noted that his injuries are going to keep him away from the gym for a while and with some luck he will reconsider, and will decidiee to continue on, and work on his understanding of how to fight a southpaw.
If this is the end for Oguni we'd like to say well done to a man who won the Japanese, OPBF and IBF Super Bantamweight titles in a career which has long been under-rated. It would be a shame for him to retire so young and not to try and reclaim a title down the line, which he could well do if he continues in the sport.
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