Earlier today news broke from Japan that the Shirai Gushiken boxing gym would close at the end of July, with a statement, quoted below, being released from Yoko Gushiken regarding the closure, which will happen on July 31st.
The gym was set up in 1995 by former world champions Yoshio Shirai, who was essentially an honorary partner, and Yoko Gushiken, who has essentially been the face of the gym. After Shirai's passing Gushiken has lead the gym through some of it's biggest successes.
They have included Naoko Yamaguchi's reign as the WBA female Super Flyweight champion, Koki Eto's reign as the WBA "interim" Flyweight champion and the brilliant rise of Daigo Higa, the former WBC Flyweight champion.
Although it's a bit of a shock to see the gym closing, it shouldn't be seen as a major surprise as rumours have circulated for a while that the gym had problems. They included the morale of Daigo Higa, the gym's most recent star, who had been unhappy there before leaving the gym earlier this year, when he chose not to renew his contract.
The statement makes it clear that the gym will be helping fighters transfer to new gym's and we expect to see an announcement on where those fighters. It also seems like Gushiken will remain involved in the sport himself, perhaps as a mentor or working in the media side of the sport.
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