Back in April Japanese Light Welterweight slugger Shinya Iwabuchi (26-6, 22) [岩渕 真也] stated on his blog that he was retiring from the sport of boxing. Despite making that statement he it appears that he was keeping the door open to consider a return until this week when he officially handed in a retirement notice to the JBC.
The exciting and heavy handed Iwabuchi had stated early in the year that the wear and tear on his body was forcing him to walk away from the sport and that was the same reason as he gave to the JBC recently as he essentially asked them to revoke his licenses.
It seems that whilst Iwabuchi had retired from active competition he was unclear on exactly where he was going in life, though we now know that he's going to become a full time physical trainer, a great idea given the fact he was always in incredible shape as a fighter.
Sadly, though like so many, Iwabuchi will be better known for his losses than his wins and actually ended on his career on a loss, a 1-sided beat down at the hands of current OPBF champion Al Rivera, who battered him into submission earlier this year. That loss, along with ones to Keita Obara and Min Wook Kim, saw Iwabuchi come up short for the OPBF title, but he was the Japanese champion and a man who will be remembered for the excitement he provided in the ring.
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