It's fair to say that 2016 was a year to forget for the popular Takashi Uchiyama (24-2-1, 20) [内山 高志], who twice suffered defeats to Jezreel Corrales (21-1-0-1, 8), losing the WBA Super Featherweight "super" title in the first of those bouts and failing to reclaim it in the second.
Since the second of those losses, on December 31st, there has been a lot of speculation in regards to Uchiyama's future with many suggesting it's time that "KO Dynamite" hung up his gloves and walked away from active competition.
Today saw Uchiyama take part in the annual Setsubun event, other wise known as the "Bean Throwing Festival", and the fighter himself found time to give some comments to the media about his future.
The fighter himself stated no decision had yet been made in regards to continuing his career, or retiring, but that one would be made soon. Uchiyama stated that he didn't want to be one of those fighters who announced hisretirement then returned a few months later so was still deciding on what he wanted to do.
Despite not yet deciding it is worth noting that Uchiyama has apparently been in the gym, not because he's set to return but because he enjoys spending time there. Presumably by staying in the gym he is keeping his options open and is staying in shape regardless of his future.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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