• Kyodo


WBC super flyweight champion Masamori Tokuyama will face Jose Navarro of the United States in February in what is believed to be the final match of his boxing career.

Tokuyama’s Kanazawa gym said Wednesday the fight will take place at Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium on Feb. 27 for his first defense of the WBC title he reclaimed in July with a unanimous decision over archrival Katsushige Kawashima.

Tokuyama admitted that it will be his last fight as a super flyweight boxer but stopped short of saying he is retiring. After recapturing the title in July, Tokuyama cited a lack of enthusiasm and told people close to him that he intended to bring an end to his career with his upcoming bout against Navarro.

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