There was some interesting news revealed earlier today at a press conference held at the Kawasaki Nitta Gym. The news came from former Rookie of the year Shogo Ojima who confirmed that he has retired from the sport, at the age of 28, following recurrent injuries with his hands. Despite having multiple surgeries on his hands they have continued to have issues which have essentially forced him into retirement.
The retirements of Ojima wasn't the interesting news however. Instead it was what he's now doing that is interesting, with the former fighter revealing that he now working in Vietnam in an attempt to build professional boxing in the country.
Although the details we received were rather incomplete we were informed that Ojima is now the Chairman of the Vietnamese boxing commission and is committed to growing the sport there, helped by the Nitta gym.
Part of the plan is to bring the top amateurs over to Japan in an attempt to get them some training before starting to put on fights back in Vietnam with the idea of finding national champions and developing the first Vietnamese champions.
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