Over the last few weeks we've seen the boxing sphere mix with the main stream media world thanks to the announcement of a rematch between Youtubers Jake Paul and KSI.
Despite the attention that Paul and KSI will get they are certainly not the first celebrities to compete in boxing, or even the first entertainers to turn to the sport. They may have a higher profile than many, but they aren't alone.
Another entertainer turn fighter is Robert Yamamoto (1-0, 1) [ロバート山本], a Japanese comedian with a long association to the sport.
Yamamoto, first claimed a C class licence from the JBC in 2008 but didn't fight until 2014. In his sole professional contest he stopped Zirolian Riku (8-3, 8) [高橋陸], who would later reach the 2017 Rookie of the Year final. Following that win Yamamoto has remained in boxing, becoming a trainer at the Imaoka Boxing Gym in Tokyo.
Yesterday news from Japan broke that Yamamoto is looking to continue his involvement in the sport, whilst shifting from a coach to a referee.
He was at ringside yesterday as part of his training and sat with the ringside officials, scouting the referee's before speaking to the media and telling the press that he wants to climb into the ring again, as a referee. He'll be at ringside again next week, watching former foe Riku, as he continues his training, and it seems that the plan is for him to referee a bout at some point next year.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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