Between 1996 and 2014 Japanese slugger Tadashi Yuba [湯場 忠志] ran up a 46-10-2 (33) record claiming Japanese national titles at Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, Light Middleweight and Middleweight, securing a legendary status at home. Not only was he the first Japanese fight to win titles across 5 weights but did some in an exciting fashion whilst scoring some really notable wins, including victories over Yoshinori Takenaka, Akinori Watanabe, Takayuki Hosokawa, Tomohiro Ebisu, Carlos Linares and Yosuke Kirima.
Now it seems like the Yuba name will live on with a story from Japan emerging that Tadashi's son Kaiju Yuba [海樹 湯場] is set to turn professional in early 2017, with the youngster expected to take his pro-test in the near future, with the aim of passing a B license test.
If he passes the test then the plan is to have him debut in Tokyo and given how he's looked as an amateur there is some real excitement about his potential professional career, with some suggesting he could fight at a higher level than his father, who fought for OPBF titles during his long career.
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