Earlier this week the Ohashi Gym announced that a new trainer had joined their ranks. It wasn't just any old trainer however, and instead it was one of the more notable heavier fighters in Japanese boxing history, Yoshinori Nishizawa.
Nishizawa had been part of the illustrious Yonekura Gym as a fighter and fought from 1986, debuting in October of that year, to 2011, fighting his final bout in December 2011. During that long career he fought 58 times, running up an impressive 31-21-6 (19) record.
Nishizawa won the Japanese Middleweight title in 1997 and ran up 3 defenses, he would then win the OPBF Super Middleweight title in 1999 and again in 2001. He is most notable for twice fighting for Super Middleweight world titles, losing to Anthony Mundine in a WBA world title fight and to Markus Beyer in a WBC title fight, both in 2004.
Nishizawa's long career as a fighter saw saw him spending several years fighting outside of Japan, regularly fighting in Australia for the last 4 years of his career.
(Image courtesy of Ohashi Gym)
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