Some careers promise a lot but, in the end, deliver little. That seems to have been the case for former Japanese Featherweight title challenger Yuki Ogata (22-3-1, 4) [緒方 勇希], who announced his retirement today at the age of 32, with the announcement coming via his facebook account.
The Kadoebihouseki fighter debuted back in 2006 and got off to a good start, winning his first 3 bouts before fighting to a draw with Kohei Oshima. In 2009 Ogata would win the Featherweight Rookie of the Year crown and it appeared big things were set to happen for the Tokyo based man. Sadly though things were slow to build and by 2014 he had moved to 19-0-1 (3), but hadn't scored a really notable win, even a good domestic win was lacking. Despite the poor competition he was given a shot at the vacant Japanese title, though suffered a 10th round TKO loss to Satoshi Hosono.
Sadly for Ogata he never managed to rebuild struggling past Kenta Yamada in his ring return before losing 2 of his next 4 bouts, decision defeats to Noriyuki Ueno and Takahiro Arai, both in upsets. Those poor performances saw Ogata consider his future and decide to hang up his gloves rather than continue on with faltering form.
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