Boxing has numerous great stories but many times those stories are over-looked unless the fighter is a big name, then we all repeat the story ad infinium to try and give more character to a fighter that everyone already knows. We all know that Mike Tyson was bullied as a kid and kept pigeons and we all know that Manny Pacquiao was a poor boy before becoming a boxing star.
When a fighter is a lesser name, lacking in major success we don't tend to read anything about them. Today however we'd like to give a little bit of attention to Hiromu Tamura (7-23-2, 2) [田村 啓] who scored just his 7th career win earlier today.
Tamura began his career in 2001 and lost his first 3 bouts. Despite having some success after that poor start he was still struggling and had a professional 6-13-1 (2) after 20 bouts, with the 20th bout being a win in August 2008 against Yuji Nakao. Little would Tamura expect that his win wouldn't come for another 8 years, in what was his 12 bout since that victory.
Today Tamura claimed a a majority decision win against Ryota Koizumi (6-12-2, 4) [小泉 良太], a man he drew with back in March to end a 10 fight losing streak.
Whilst Tamura's result won't register internationally it was a genuinely great moment and the emotion that Tamura showed after the win said it all. It was like he'd won a world title fight and both he, and mentor Susumu Hanagata, could hardly hide their delight. Tamura collapsed in celebration in the ring whilst Mr Hanagata's smile made it clear that he was so proud of his charge.
Although Tamura's losing run was long he victory was clearly a sweet one and it shows what determination, hard work and a never say die attitude can do for a fighter. For that we applaud Tamura for continuing on his career and refusing to just give up, despite the fact he is now 33 and any dream of becoming a champion are long gone.
Well done Mr Tamura!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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