Former two-time Japanese super bantamweight champion Gakuya Furuhashi of Kawasaki Nitta Boxing Gym held a press conference on Jan. 20 at the gym that he will hang up his gloves for good.
The 35-year-old Furuhashi relinquished his title on Jan. 18, only 23 days after he captured the title for his second time by earning a split decision victory over Ryoichi Tamura of JB Sports Boxing Gym. The title had been left vacant by Takuma Inoue of Ohashi Boxing Gym.
Furuhashi first won the Japanese super bantamweight title in January 2021 by stopping Yusaku Kuga of Watanabe Boxing Gym, successfully defended it twice and lost the title to Inoue last June.
Furuhashi said, ‘’I had decided to continue boxing until the age of 35. Since I had set the target, I think I was able to become the Japanese champion twice as I was able to concentrate on boxing.’’
His lifetime record was 29 wins, including 16 KOs, against nine losses and two draws.