Russian fighter Yuri Arbachakov was a stand out as both an amateur and a professional which much of his professional career spent in Japan, where he won the Japanese and WBC Flyweight titles as one of a number of former Soviet fighters who turned professional in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Here we have a Japanese documentary on Arbachakov showing some interesting footage of Yuri and explaining his story up to the point of the documentary, which was called "Bokusā kodokuna taikan" (literally translated as "Crowned Lonely Boxer"). For the hardcore Yuri fans the footage will be intriguing whilst Japanese speakers will likely learn something new about the former Flyweight great.
In 1968 the then 21 year old Shozo Saijo claimed the WBA Featherweight title, out pointing Raul Rojas in Los Angeles to become the first Japanese fighter to claim a world title on foreign soil. After defending the title 4 times Saijo would lose the title in 1971, losing to Antonio Gomez before leaving boxing. After retiring from boxing he attempted to turn his hand to Kick boxing and in 1974 he took on Toshio Fujiwara, who was a top Japanese kick boxer and later became a Muay Thai legend.
The bout wasn't a great one for Saijo but did, essentially, close the curtain on his career as a combat athlete, at the age of 27.
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