Earlier today Japanese fighter Rikiya Fukuhara (31-9-1, 23) [福原 力也] announced that he had one more bout left in his body and that he would be returning for his retirement bout on December 19th.
At the moment very few details are set in stone in regards to the bout, other than that it will be Fukuhara's final contest as a professional fighter and will take place on a yet to be announced Dangan card at the Korakuen Hall.
The bout marks the end of a memorable and exciting career that began back in 2000 when Fukuhara was 28, and has seen him claim the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, challenger for the OPBF Super Featherweight title and the Japan title at both Featherweight and Super Featherweight.
Whilst not one of the biggest names at the Watanabe gym he has long been one of the more popular fighters there and is seen as a real veteran figure of the gym, along with Takashi Uchiyama and recently retired Akio Shibata.
We last saw Fukuhara fight in March, when he lost a decision to Satoshi Hosono for the Japanese Featherweight title, in what was their third bout together, and he's now set for a farewell bout before becoming a sports instructor next year!
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