The always interesting Koji Numata (22-7-2, 17) has announced that he is retiring from professional boxing an will be vacating the OPBF Light Middleweight title that he won this past August when he stopped Takehiro Shimokawara.
Numata has really been one to watch through his very memorable career. He was never blessed with technical boxing ability but was always in exciting fighters due to his heavy hands and ultra-aggressive mentality. With those traits he managed to claim both the Japanese Welterweight and OPBF Light Welterweight titles in a career that will not have disappointed any fans of his.
Those who have followed the free swinging Tokyo native may remember Numata announcing a retirement in the past, in fact he did so earlier this year following his draw with Takehiro Shimokawara, it would seem however that this one will a permanent retirement
In his prime Numata really was one of the sports most exciting fighters. His defense was his offense and through his 31 fight career he would defeat the likes of Tadashi Yuba and Fukutaro Ujie. Unfortunately for Numata however he is likely to be best remembered by many for his losses to Daisuke Nakagawa and, more recently, Charlie Ota.
We wish the heavy handed fighter the best in any future endeavors though we do feel disappointed that we never saw Numata battle against Yuki Numata in what we think would have been a brilliant boxer Vs slugger contest.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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