On November 9th former Japanese Featherweight champion Taiki Minamoto (16-5-1, 13) will fight in a Japanese Super Featherweight title eliminator in an attempt to book himself a place in next year's Champion Carnival. Ahead of his bout with Takuya Watanabe, and on the back of a request, we've made him this week's fighter to be covered in our weekly "10 facts you probably didn't know about..." segment.
1-Minamoto has type O blood, in Japan this is thought to mean that he is optimistic, calm, realistic, resilient, vain, loyal and financially minded.
2-His first professional loss came in the East Japan Rookie of the year Semi Final, in 2011, and came all the way down at Super Bantamweight! Since then he has grown into his body and out grown not only the Super Bantamweight division but also the Featherweight division.
3-He enjoys playing cards in free time, as well as playing the trumpet and cycling
4-Minamoto's mother passed away on April 7th 2017 at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer. Exactly 1 year later he won the Japanese Featherweight title, stopping Takenori Ohashi in 7 rounds.
5-Surprisingly Minamoto's first Japanese title defense, a win over Tatsuya Otsubo in August 2018, wasn't available in Oita, where Minamoto's originally from meaning his friends had to rely on things like youtube to see the fight!
6-At the time of writing none of Minamoto's 22 opponents so far have had more losses than wins when he faced them. He has had 3 fighters who had an equal amount of losses to wins, including 2 debutants, but none have had losing records.
7-Favourite fighters of Minamoto include former Watanabe gym stablemate Takashi Uchiyama and Arturo Gatti
8-One of Minamoto's older brothers died at the age of 29 in a road traffic accident on January 13th 2017. Just months before their mother's passing.
9-Minamoto is close friends with former-world title challenger Ryo Akaho and they two men have sparred frequently
10-His family ran a restaurant in Beppu, Oita, and Minamoto himself learned to cook a bit there, as he was, at one point, training to work in the business.
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
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