Earlier today saw Japanese veteran Toshimasa Ouchi (20-9-3, 6) [大内 淳雅] announce his retirement from the sport of boxing, following a career that began back in July 2003 and has seen him fight for the Japanese and OPBF Light Flyweight titles.
Ouchi, as mentioned, debuted back in 2003 and despite struggling early in his career, falling to 3-2-1 (1) after 6 bouts, his career did manage to get going. In October 2010 he took on future world champion Ryoichi Taguchi and less than 2 years later he challenged the then Japanese champion Masayuki Kuroda.
His career had a slide in 2013 and 2014, with losses to Kenichi Horikawa and Atsushi Aburada, but rallied to score 4 straight wins and earn a shot at Ken Shiro in August 2016, though came up short to the talented youngster in a bout for the JBC and OPBF titles.
Following the loss to Ken Shiro it was revealed that Ouchi was suffering from a detached retina. Although he had surgery for the issue he was told that their was a high chance that the issue would return if he continued to fight, so instead he has chosen to retire.
Ouchi will take part in a retirement ceremony on March 19th as part of the "Big Fight Boxing Vol 48" card promoted by Himeji Kinoshita.
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