Japanese based American Rick Yoshimura, also known as Frederick Roberts, will go down in history as one of the most dominant fighters ever on the Japanese domestic scene, running up 22 defenses of the Japanese Lightweight title from 1995 to 2001. During that reign he set a Japanese record that is likely to never broken, in any weight class.
As well as his long reign at Lightweight he also had a short title reign as the Japanese Light Welterweight champion earlier in his career and would challenger for the WBA Super Featherweight title in 2001, and the OPBF Light Welterweight title in 2002.
Following his in ring career, which saw him run up an impressive 38-7-2 (20) record, he would go on to open Rick Yoshimura's Ringside Fitness Gym. A fitness based gym, that focused on getting fit via boxing. It was a success but lacked the ability to train professional fighters. That however is set to change.
Mr Yoshimura has crowd sourced the money needed to move his gym on to the next level, turning it from a fitness gym to a professional boxing gym, something that is expected to happen in the next 12 months.
The gym had set out to raise raise ¥3,000,000 through a campaign on crowd sourcing site readyfor.jp, but has managed to easily exceed that number, raising ¥4,000,000. The move to becoming a professional gym isn't an instant thing, but it's clearly in the coming future for the gym and we expect to see the first professionals signing to the gym in 2019 as the gym looks to create it's first champions.
For those interested in learning more about the campaign to raise money all the details are here and for those wanting to learn more about the gym directly, the gym's website link is here.
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