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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