Earlier today Japanese sources reported that former WBA Super Featherweight "super" champion Takashi Uchiyama (24-1-1, 20) [内山 高志] was set to take a "rest" following his loss to the previously little known Panamanian Jezreel Corrales (20-1-0-1, 8).
Uchiyama didn't attend a press conference this morning, unlike stablemates Ryoichi Taguchi (24-2-1, 11) [田口良一] and Kohei Kono (32-8-1, 13) [河野 公平], but it does seem like he's going to address the media in the near future. At the moment however the information released on his future appears to have come from manager Hitoshi Watanabe, who has had e-mail correspondence with Uchiyama.
Whilst Uchiyama is said to be taking a "rest" their is little clear indication on how long that rest will be. It seems that if he's to fight again it won't be until New Year's Eve, by then however he will be 37 years old and their is some talk that his "rest" will be followed not by a comeback but by a retirement. At the moment however the fighter hasn't confirmed his future either way.
From what we understand Watanabe has now got options on Corrales, and their is talk of a Corrales Vs Javier Fortuna bout though if Uchiyama chooses to return to the ring it seems like Watanabe may offer a rematch to Uchiyama. If neither of those bouts occur Corrales may have another bout in Japan, where fans seem to have enjoyed his style, on a Watanabe show anyway.
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