Earlier today saw a press conference featuring former OPBF Light Middleweight champion Takayuki Hosokawa (28-11-5, 9) [細川 貴之], who confirmed that his upcoming bout, set for April 9th, will be his final contest before retiring from the sport.
The 32 year old veteran has been suffering from eye issues in recent years and it seems clear that he has decided to walk away from the sport before suffering irreparable damage.
The decision is certainly not one which has been taken lightly by Hosokawa and his team, with the fighter first mentioning the issue, and potential retirement, several fights back. It's seems he originally only continued on with the hope of getting a world title fight but with a loss last year it seems Hosokawa has essentially decided enough is enough.
The press conference saw Hosokawa being joined by Takashi Edagawa, the head of the Muto gym, and it seems like the respect between the two is still incredibly high. Mr Edagawa essentially stated that he whilst he is sorry to see Hosokawa retire he fully understand the decision given that Hosokawa has got children and still has his sight. As for Hosokawa he thanks those who had suported him and seemed to have felt he achieved more than expected, winning Japanese, OPBF and IBF Asia titles during his career.
Although it'll be a shame to see Hosokawa's career come to an end, we do wish him all the best in retirement, and hope he goes out on a memorable performance on April 9th, when he takes on a unknown Thai foe.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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