On October 1st former OPBF Light Flyweight champion Takahisa Masuda [升田貴久] opened a new gym in his birth place of Matsuyama, in Ehime prefecture.
The gym, named the Masuda Boxing Gym, had been in plans for a while before being opened at the start of the month. It will cater to a variety of clients from children to aspiring professionals and will also focus on the health and diet of those interested in becoming healthier individuals.
Masuda, as a fighter, fought between 1996 and 2009 and despite a 5-2-2 (2) start he did manage to carve out a relatively notable career. In 2005 he lose a close decision to Nobuaki Masuda for the Japanese Light Flyweight title before winning the OPBF crown later that same year, out pointing Shingo Yamaguchi. Sadly his reign was a short one, losing in his first defence to Munetsugu Kayo.
His most notable win, in terms of name, came in 2008, when he beat former world champion Wandee Singwancha, howeber his career would end 12 months later, following a loss to the then WBC interim Flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam. That loss let Masuda with a career ledger of 20-9-3 (5).
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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