Last September we reported that Kohei Oba (36-3-1, 14), the former Japanese Bantamweight champion, was to retire from boxing. At the time he was just 29 but was sure that he no longer had what it took to get the most from himself in the ring. Today he took part in his retirement ceremony at the Kobe Central Gym.
Oba, dubbed the "Mayweather of Nagoya" due to his style, celebrated his retirement with some shadow boxing in the ring before being given a banquet of flowers from former stablemate Hozumi Hasegawa who gave a speech about his former gym mate.
At the ceremony Oba said he wanted to thank his fans and wife whilst Hasegawa said that he hoped to see Oba open a gym in the future, the Kohei Gym. Whether that is what Oba plans to do or not we're unsure though we would like to wish him the best in the best in the future.
Although international fans may not be aware Oba did have a notable career. He was a 2 time Japanese national champion and a 3-time OPBF title challenger. Unfortunately however he lost his 3 most notable bouts, including a loss last year in an IBF eliminator to Randy Caballero.
Kohei Oba to have retirement ceremony on March 4th
Kohei Oba bounces back with a win, then waves good bye to his career
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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