The name Tadashi Yuba may not be a major one outside of Japan but inside his homeland the Japanese fighter is a local legend having been the first Japanese fighter to win 5 divisional titles at the domestic level.
Last year Yuba fought for the last time, suffering a stoppage loss to Dennis Laurente in an OPBF title bout. Following that loss the veteran, who ran up an incredible 46-10-2 (33) record, announced his retirement just weeks before his 38th birthday, As part of his retirement he was going to open a gym in his home town and try to help grow boxing in the local community.
Yesterday that gym, the YUVAX Boxing and Fitness Gym, opened it's doors to the public with the intention of training anybody wanting to learn to box, though the focus is said to be on high school students in the local community.
As Yuba is a veteran of the sport he seems to be wanting to pass on his knowledge to those willing to learn and whilst he may not have been a truly world class star he did manage to achieve more than most fighters. His accomplishments earned him a chance to fight in televised bouts and he'll be hoping to help fighters replicate his success. At the moment however his focus does seem to be on amateur fighters as opposed to professionals. We suspect that if a fighter was wanting to turn professional he's have the contacts to push them in the right direction.
(Image courtesy of Tadashi Yuba's blog)
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