April 30th 2010-Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (18-2-1, 8) vs Whyber Garcia (22-7, 15)
In 2010 Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao, a former WBC Featherweight champion at the time, battled against Whyber Garcia.
September 6th 2003-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (0-0) vs Hiroshi Kashihara (5-5-1, 1)
In 2003 Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao made his professional debut, beginning a career that would see him becoming a multi-weight world champion. In the opposite corner was Hiroshi Kashihara.
March 1st 2018-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (27-3-1-1, 12) Vs Gamaliel Diaz (40-18-3, 19) II
In 2012 fight fans saw Takahiro Ao [粟生 隆寛] lose the WBC Super Featherweight title to Gamaliel Diaz. Today, years after their first bout, the two men fought in a rematch, in what was Ao's first contest in almost 3 years.
November 26th 2010-Nihon Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Takahiro Ao (19-2-1, 9) vs Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6)
In 2010 Takahiro Ao [粟生 隆寛] had a chance to become a 2-weight world champion, in the opposite corner was German-Kazakh Vitali Tajbert.
November 6th 2011-Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (21-2-1, 10) Vs Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14)
In 2010 Takahiro Ao [粟生 隆寛] became a 2-weight world champion, claiming the WBC Super Featherweight title. In his second defense he took on unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero, who was fighting outside of Italy for the first time and was a genuine unknown by those who didn't follow the Italian domestic scene.
(Courtesy of sweetboxing.com)
March 3rd 2007-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (13-0, 7) Vs Koji Umetsu (12-6, 5)
Japan's Takahiro Ao may be looking to become a 3-weight world champion but this fight takes us back to his first ever title bout, as he tool on the then Japanese Featherweight champion Koji Umetsu, who was making his first title defense.
June 3rd 2006-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (11-0, 7) Vs Francisco Dianzo (20-6, 17)
Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao certainly went through some strange hairstyles during his career, though maybe the most peculiar was shown in his bout with Mexican banger Francisco Dianzo. This was a great bout on paper to test Ao who was being earmarked for title fights, and in fact would fight for his first title just 2 fights later, and although Dianzo wasn't the danger man he had once been he was still a very good test for Ao who had to answer a number of questions.
May 1st 2015- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12) Vs Raymundio Beltran (29-7-1, 17)
Japanese fighter Takahiro Ao has had a genuinely solid career having fought in numerous world title fights and claiming world titles at both Featherweight and Super Featherweight. Recently we saw him attempt to become a 3-weight world champion, a real rarity in Japanese boxing, as he took on Mexican tough guy Raymundo Beltran in a bout for the WBO Lightweight title.
October 27th 2012- Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10) Vs Gamaliel Diaz (36-9-2, 17)
When we talk about inconsistent fighters few can compare with Takahiro Ao. At his best he's a really good boxer-puncher at his worst he's a nightmare to watch and looks like he could lose to anyone in the top 25. One of the most frustrating nights in Ao's career came against Mexican veteran Gamaliel Diaz as Ao was seeking the 4th defense of the WBC Super Featherweight title.
April 6th 2012- Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Takahiro Ao (22-2-1, 10) Vs Terdsak Kokietgym (46-3-1, 31)
When we talk about some of the greatest rivalries in boxing it's fair to say the Japan Vs Thailand rivalry is one of the biggest in Asia, it's also one of the best and one of the most exciting with a really rich history. One of the more recent "top match ups" between highly capable fighters from both countries came in 2012 when Takahiro Ao, then then WBC Super Featherweight champion, took on Thai veteran Terdsak Kokietgym. This wasn't the greatest fight in history but it was a high skilled and technical battle between two world class fighters and is well worth a watch.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.