Last week we saw Ryohei Takahashi (15-4-1, 6) [高橋竜平] challenge IBF Super Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny (21-0, 15), and suffer a stoppage loss in the 11th round. Despite the loss his profile improved significantly, and he did put in a very solid effort for a bout that he took at short notice, so far away from home.
This morning Japanese sports paper Sports Hochi reported that Takahashi has decided to continue his career after that loss, following some rumours that he may walk away from the sport.
He quoted as saying "I will do my best to think that I did not give up at that time." (Translated) Making it known that he hasn't given up the sport, and it seems like the 28 year old will be looking to bounce back from the loss and get himself back into the title mix, rebuilding from the setback and moving forward.
At the moment there is not suggestion of when he will be back in the ring, but we suspect it'll be after a lengthy rest. He took a lot of punishment against Doheny and it's in his best interest to rest before getting back in the ring, though we are very glad to know that he will return, and will likely inject himself in the very exciting Japanese domestic scene at Super Bantamweight!
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