Police arrested former pro-boxer Yuichiro Watanabe, 56, on Monday on suspicion of robbery and homicide after he allegedly forced his way into an elderly couple’s home in Odawara City on Nov 13 and robbed them of around 40,000 yen.
Watanabe, unemployed and of no fixed address, is accused of forcing his way into the home of Eichi Sawada, 82, hitting both him and his wife, and stealing 40,000 yen. Eichi died four days later.
Watanabe has admitted to the allegation, telling police: “I needed money. I chose his house because it was big,” and said he spent the money at a pachinko parlor.
According to the Japan Boxing Commission, Watanabe made his pro-boxing debut in 1974. His record stands at 11 wins and 7 losses from 18 matches, including two losses to Masashi Kudo in matches for the Japan middleweight title.
Police are investigating if Watanabe was involved in another robbery in Odawara City on Nov 11.© News reports