Earlier today saw the retirement ceremony of Japan's Fukutaro Ujiie (17-12-1, 11), a former multi-time title challenger in the Middleweight division.
Ujiie began his carer in 2000 and although he had mixed success through his career he was a perennial challenger for several years. Unfortunately for Ujiie however he never won "the big one".
His title challenges included losses national title losses to Keiji Eguchi in 2007 (KO3), Makoto Fuchigami in 2011 (TKO8) and most recently Tadashi Yuba in 2012 (TKO2). He was also beaten in an OPBF title fight fight by Makoto Fuchigami (TKO6) in 2011.
Despite those losses Ujiie also scored some notable wins including a decision over Yuzo Kiyota and a and a knock out of the previously unbeaten Tomohiro Ebisu.
Aged 33 Ujiie will retire from the sport with the knowledge that he competed against the best domestic rivals of his era and will have no regrets over his career. He will also be abl to spend more time with his family who appeared at his retirement ceremony with flowers.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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