June 8th 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Yamato Mitani (12-3, 9) Vs Kengo Nagashima (10-1-1, 8)
In 1998 Japanese saw the teak tough Yamato Mitani [三谷大和], a former 2-time world title challenger, fight for the final time. The bout saw Mitani face fellow Japanese fighter Kengo Nagashima [長嶋建吾] in a bout for Mitani's OPBF Super Featherweight title. Notably Nagashima would later challenge for the WBC title at Super Featherweight.
October 13th 1996-Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan
Yong Soo Choi (20-2, 13) Vs Yamato Mitani (8-2, 7) III
We are well aware that Japanese fighters are thrown in deep, and that was certainly the case with former amateur stand out Yamato Mitani [三谷大和], who fought just 16 times as a professional. Mitani's career was highlighted by a vicious trilogy of bouts with Korean Yong Soo Choi [최용수], with the men twice trading blows over the WBA Super Featherweight title. Here is the third chapter in their rivalry, and amazingly it was Mitani's 4th title fight in just 11 career bouts
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