Former two-time Japanese flyweight champion Takuya Kogawa of Kadoebi Boxing Gym issued his retirement from boxing to Japan Boxing Commission on March 3.
The 37-year-old Kogawa, who made his professional debut in 2005, captured the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super flyweight title in 2010 and unsuccessfully challenged then World Boxing Council flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailansd in 2011.
Kogawa then won the Japanese flyweight title in 2012 and successfully defended the title three times. He challenged Sirichai Thaiyen, alias Yodmongkol CP Freshmart, of Thailand for the World Boxing Association’s interim world flyweight title in 2014 but lost by a majority decision.
The tenacious Kogawa captured the Japanese flyweight crown in 2015 and retained the title four times.
While Kogawa lost the title in 2017, he continued his active career and dropped a lopsided 10-round decision to then Japanese flyweight champion Seigo ‘’Yuri’ Akui of Kurashiki Moriyasu Boxing Gym for the latter’s title in February 2022.
But his technical knockout loss to Isao Aoyama of Celes Boxing Gym in November that year proved to be Kogawa’s last fight. He had a lifetime record of 32 wins, including 14 KOs, against eight losses and a draw.