We had known for a wile that former 2 time Japanese Bantamweight champion Kohei Oba (36-3-1, 14) had hung up his gloves to focus on other things in life. This coming March however we will see Oba return to the ring for one final time as he takes part in his retirement ceremony in what will be his last event as a professional boxer.
Sadly for Oba his career will be best known by international fans for his failures rather than his success. He is best known for his most recent defeat which came last year at the hands of Randy Caballero, in an IBF Bantamweight title eliminator. He is also known for coming up short in an OPBF title bout against Malcolm Tunacao in 2010 and Rolly Lunas in 2011. Despite those losses he did score a number of good wins including a wins over former world title challengers Nobuto Ikehara, Masaki Kawabata.
Although Oba lost to Caballero last year he did manage to win his only subsequent bout, taking an unexpectedly tough win over Keigo Soma in a bout that seemed to immediately make Oba call an end on his long career which had began back in 2002 when he was just 17.
The ceremony will be part of the Shinsei Gym show on the same day at the Kobe City Central Gymnasium.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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