Indy News: Sawa Calls It A Career? (Updated)
The latest end of BattlARTS apparently has also meant the end of the road for one of it’s stars-according to posts today on a couple of blogs hosted/operated by SportsNavi, Munenori Sawa apparently announced his retirement today. Based on my translation of these posts, the collapse of BattlARTS and the lack of similar style matches elsewhere, Futen perhaps being the obvious exception, seemed to be a big reason, although the pst seemed to be rather vague. If this is true, then it possibly means the end of indy favorite Lingerie Muto as well, as that was Sawa’s popular alter-ego used for occasional comedy matches. His last match was yesterday in Futen. There’s been a bit of chatter about it on Sawa’s Twitter (his handle is SAWA_MUNENORI, in Japanese) so this appears to be legit, just hard to tell if he’s retired now of if it will be in the near future. We may have to wait and see, but either way it appears he’s hanging up the boots-and women’s tops-after more than 7 years.
More when/if it becomes available.
UPDATE: It appears he’s not immediately retiring. ZERO1’s English website lists him as being on the card for this weekend’s event, and he’s also apparently entered in the upcoming Tenka-Ichi Jr. tournament. And although I haven’t read it, another SportsNavi blog has added a post that seems to be begging Sawa not to retire. Stay tuned.