Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall, and those who have subscribed to Boxingraise, saw former Japanese Super Bantamweight champion Rikiya Fukuhara (32-9-1, 24) [福原 力也] fight for the final time as a professional fighter, defeating Filipino foe Alvin Bais (15-8-1,4) in 2 rounds.
Fukuhara had announced that this would be his final bout several weeks ago, win or lose, and despite knowing he could go out on a loss he put his his all into preparing for the bout and being in incredible shape.
Being in great shape is one thing, fighting to win is another and it was clear that Fukuhara hadn't turned up just to lose. From the opening seconds it was clear he was there to win and he quickly established his jab, putting Bais on the back foot and looking for openings for the right hand. Those openings began to come more frequently in rounds 2 and although Fukuhara showed some contempt for the Filipino there was a clear feeling that he was in charge, and it showed when a body shot crumpled Bais for the 10 count.
After the win Fukuhara took part in a prolonged retirement ceremony and made it clear that this really was the end of his career.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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