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Masato To Retire! Final Fights In July And NYE


Only two fights left. - GBRing.com

Masato, who recently turned 30, announced at a press conference in Japan today that he has decided that he will retire after Dynamite!! this year. He will fight in July and December and that will be it. Masato said that he wants to fight with this years K-1 MAX champion in his retirement fight on NYE. He also wants it to be a 5 round or even 7 round fight.

It was also announced that Masato will fight K-1 Koshien’s HIROYA in a 3-minute exhibition match in the K-1 World MAX FINAL16 event in April.

Update: Good post with translations of comments made by Masato and Tanigawa at the press conference.

  1. Rictor
    April 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Big blow to fans and FEG.

  2. April 1, 2009 at 7:01 pm


  3. Rainbow Jeremy
    April 1, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    April Fools?

  4. April 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I highly doubt it, they held a press conference and had a show almost entirely about it on today’s Kakutou Ouja show.

    Masato has talked about retirement for a while and now that he won K-1 MAX again I’m not surprised.

  5. revaz
    April 1, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    they shouldnt let hiroya fight masato, that guy is good but he’s onbly 16, this could be the end of his career…

  6. April 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    It’s just an exhibition. You think Masato will end a kid’s career in 3 minutes? He can’t even do it if he wanted to. They’ll probably wear shinguards and stuff too.

  7. revaz
    April 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    yes u’re probably right, but we should never underestimate adult power even hiroya is very strong too…

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