Former WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato (26-3-1, 12) may have retired from boxing almost a year ago, following his brutal beat down at the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but it now seems that the former champion has found a new life for himself outside of the ring.
Sato has rather unexpected turned his hands from beating people to serving people and will begin a new role in his life as a manager of a restaurant in his birth place of Morioka city in Iwate prefecture.
Whilst we hadn't followed the story particularly deeply it appears that Sato has spent the last 7 or 8 months preparing for the role and learning about various cattle, breeding techniques and other things to do with the business. This preparation should help him in his role at the restaurant which we believe is called `Yakiniku charenjā' or 'Barbecue Challenger'.
We hope to hear that the role is a successful one for Sato and hopefully we'll get to hear rave reviews about the place now that Sato runs it.
(Photo showing Sato, in the red top, courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
A story coming from the East is that former WBC Super Flyweight champion Yota Sato has retired following his loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Aged just 29 we had been hoping to see Sato return to the ring but it appears that weight issues have forced his retirement.
A major all-Japanese unification bout between WBA champion Takashi Uchiyama and WBC champion Takashi Miura looks to have been scuppered. The bout, which had looked likely is in doubt as WBC #1 ranked contender Sergio Thompson pushes for a bout with Miura.
If we do get Thompson v Miura it's likely that the bout will take place in Thompson's native Mexico.
Former 2 weight champion Daiki Kameda has been ordered by the IBF to face Rodrigo Guerrero for the IBF Super Flyweight title, a belt recently stripped from Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr who failed to make weight for his recent bout. Kameda, ranked #3 and Guerrero #4 are the two highest ranked fighters (other than Roberto Domingo Sosa who recently lost to Sanchez) by the IBF.
Kameda also has the option of going the WBA route. Ranked #2 by the WBA he is their highest ranked contender for Liborio Solis, who recently dethroned Kohei Kono in Japan. A bout with either man would likely be fought in Japan be televised on TBS.
Some rumours are doing the rounds that former Bantamweight and Featherweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa may be facing current WBC Super Bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas. Although this rumour is doing the rounds we'd have to strongly doubt it as Golden Boy Promotions recently won purse bids for Terrazas to face rising phenom Leo Santa Cruz.
And some solid news. As as we reported a little while back Yuzo Kiyota will fight Robert Stieglitz for the WBO Super Middleweight title. Originally we thought this bout would be taking place on June 29th though it seems likely now that it will be happening on July 13th at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden.
A victory for Kiyota would see him becoming the first Japanese fighter to claim a world title above Middleweight though he will admittedly be a massive under-dog. The bout could also see Kiyota becoming the first Japanese fighter to claim a WBO title (Tomoki Kameda fights for one just a few weeks later in the Philippines).
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