Earlier today 24 year old Japanese fighter Change Hamashima (10-6-1, 4) [濱島悠紀] took to social media to announce that his boxing career was coming to an end.
The fighter, from Yamaguchi, announced that he was retiring due to issues with his eyes, stating that he was often seeing double and couldn't fight tough opponents with the issues he was having. As a result he will revert to his birth name, Yuki Hamashima, and will leave the sport.
Although not a big name fighter Hamashima was once regarded as a promising fighter on the Japanese Welterweight scene. The highlifght of his career came when he reached the West Japan Rookie of the Year final in 2016, losing to Naritsugu Nishihara. He bounced back from that loss but sadly however with 5 losses in his final 6 bouts, including bouts with Kudura Kaneko and Rikuto Adachi.
We would like to wish Mr Hamashima all the best in his future career.
Earlier today we were informed that WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion Yuki Nonaka (33-10-3, 10) [野中 悠樹] was planning to make his first defense of the title on September 16th at the 9th "Champ Fight" show from the Ioka Gym.
The champion, who won the belt in February, hasn't yet had his opponent for the bout confirmed though we have been told that the contest will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka and will headline the card, which will feature several other notable fighters from the Ioka Gym.
Among those other bouts set for the show is a Japanese Youth Flyweight title bout between Joe Shiraishi (8-0-1, 4) [白石聖] and Yoshiki Minato (8-2, 3) [湊義生], in what looks like it could be a very interesting contest and one that's very hard to call. Shiraishi won the Rookie of the Year in 2017 and has added a couple of knockout wins over international opponents since then. Minato on the other hand won the Rookie of the Year last year, but was stopped by Seigo Yuri Akui back in April.
There will also be a very interesting Japanese Welterweight bout between Rikuto Adachi (12-2, 9) [安達陸仁] and Change Hamashima (10-4-1, 4) [濱島悠紀], in what could be a very explosive encounter. This will be Adachi's first bout since losing to Kudura Kaneko in May, whilst Hamashima will be looking to bounce back from back to back losses. The loser of this match up really will have a long climb back to have any bouts of significance.
Also on this show, though yet to have their opponents announced, are Tetsuya Terada (7-5-2,1) [寺田達弥] and Japanese based French born fighter Keny Guy Mutshe (1-0, 1)
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