March 4th 1986-Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (6-0, 4) v Seiichi Katayama (4-3, 2)
In 1986 Japanese fans saw Naoto Takahashi [高橋ナオト] claim the Rookie of the Year crown. In his final bout of the tournament he faced Seiichi Katayama, who had gone on a 3 fight winning streak coming in to this one, following a 1-3 start to his professional career.
Note-We're sorry about the less than great video quality.
December 21st 2985-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (5-0, 3) vs Toyokazu Sekito (6-1, 6)
Japanese fighter Naoto Takahashi [高橋ナオト] became one of the must watch fighters of the 1980's, with a number of brilliant wars. Here we see an 18 year old Takahashi in an early career bout as he takes on Toyokazu Sekito, was was at the time a promising puncher. As with many Takahashi fights this one is really enjoyable with both men showing a willingness to swing heavy leather from the early stages.
January 22nd 1989-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (15-2, 10) Vs Mark Horikoshi (17-1, 13)
Japanese fighter Naoto Takahashi [高橋ナオト] was involved in a number of memorable bouts in the 1980's and 1990's. Arguably his most notable was against American born Japanese fighter Mark Anthony Brooks, who fought in Japan under the name Mark Horikawa [マーク堀越]. This bout saw Horikawa defending the Japanese Super Bantamweight title against Takahashi who was moving up from Bantamweight, where he had previously been the Japanese champion.
Without trying to spoil this one, round 4 and 8 are some of the best rounds you're likely to see any time soon.
May 5th 1988-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (12-2, 8) vs Somboonyod Singsamang (27-7-1, 23)
In January 1988 Naota Takashi [高橋直人] suffered his first stoppage loss at the hands of Tadashi Shimabukuro, less than 4 months later Takahashi returned to the ring and took on experienced Thai Somboonyod Singsamang.
February 11th 1990-Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (18-2, 13) vs Noree Jockygym (29-8-2, 15)
In 1989 Naoto Takahashi [高橋直人] stopped Thailand's Noree Jockygym in the first of two bouts between the two men. They rematched the following year with Noree returning to Japan for the contest.
May 13th 1989-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (16-2, 11) vs Noree Jockygym (25-7-2, 12)
At he start of 1989 Naoto Takahashi [高橋直人] became a 2-weight Japanese national champion, as he claimed the Japanese Super Bantamweight title. Following that win he took on Thailand's Noree Jockygym, who would later go on to fight for a WBA world title. This was the first of two meeting between Takahashi and Noree.
January 24th 1988-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (12-1, 8) Vs Tadashi Shimabukuro (15-2-1, 10) II
In his 10th professional bout Naoto Takahashi [高橋直人] defeated Tadashi Shimabukuro [島袋忠]. Around 18 months later the two men had a rematch for the Japanese Bantamweight title. With out trying to spoil this one too much, the ending is brutal.
June 6th 1987-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (11-0, 7) vs Mitsuo Imazato (22-10, 12) II
In February 1987 Naoto Takahashi [高橋直人]claimed the Japanese Bantamweight title by stopping Mitsuo Imazato [今里光男] in the 5th round. Just 4 months later the two men had a rematch.
Note-this video begins with the finish from their first bout, with Imazato being stopped.
February 1st 1987-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Naoto Takahashi (10-0, 6) vs Mitsuo Imazato (22-9, 12)
In 1987 Japanese fans saw Naoto Takahashi [高橋直人] in his first title bout as he challenged the then Japanese Bantamweight champion Mitsuo Imazato [今里光男] in the first of two bouts between the two men.
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