We are sad to report that former fighter-turn-gym owner Yoshinori Takahashi passed away last week at the age of 79.
As a boxer Takahashi first made his name in the amateur ranks, impressing on the domestic amateur scene in the late 1950's and early in 1960's.
As a professional fighter Mr Takahashi fought from from 1961 to 1964 but has a busy and active career as he ran up an impressive 26-4 (11) professional record. During his career as a boxer he would claim the OPBF Welterweight title, taking a 12 round decision ober Makoto Watanabe in 1963 to claim the belt. A few fights later Takahashi would have his biggest bout, challenging Eddie Perkins for the WBA and WBC Light Welterweight titles. Sadly for Mr Takahashi he would suffer a 13th round KO loss to Perkins. After losing to Perkins in January 1964 Takahashi would go 3-1 before retiring in September 1964 due to issues with his sight.
After his professional career he would open a gym, with the International Gym opening in 1971. As a gym owner he would link together with a number of fighters and managed to guide 3 fighters to world titles, Royal Kobayashi, Leopard Tamakuma and Celes Kobayashi. As well as that trio he would create a number of Japanese and OPBF chamoions before needing to close the gym due to cancer.
Mr Takahashi passed away on May 23rd.
We would like to send our wishes to his friends and family and thank Mr Takahashi for his great impact on Japanese boxing.
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