We all know that Filipino star Manny Pacquiao has taken his ring success and also become a success out of the ring, including a successful politician. He's not boxer to have done that however and the most recent to join him is former WBA Super Flyweight champion Tomonobu Shimizu (19-4-1, 9).
Mr Shimziu began his boxing career in 2003 and although he lost an early bout to Kaennakorn Klongpajol he did manage to carve himself a successful career in the ring. In 2007 he challenged Pongsaklek Wonjongkam for the WBC Flyweight title and was stopped in 7 with a broken nose, the following year he claimed the Japanese Flyweight title before losing a second world title bout to Daisuke Naito. In late 2008 Shimizu became a 2-time Japanese champion, as he reclaimed the Japanese Flyweight title with a win over future world champion Toshiyuki Igarashi. His crowning glory however came in August 2011 when he managed to narrowly out point Hugo Fidel Cazares for the WBA Super Flyweight title. Unfortunately however his world title reign was short lived, as he lost in his first defense to Tepparith Kokietgym, after having been controversial made the WBA champion in Recess, a move that left a sour taste in the mouth of Shimizu and several others.
Following the loss to Tepparith we then saw Shimizu retiring from the ring though has managed to find a lot of success outside of the ring. That success has not only included the opening of a gym but also a win in Fukui prefectural assembly last night.
From what we understand Mr Shimzu ran on the idea of fairness and developing relationships with youngster who have been let down by the previous political powers in the area. Whilst we're unsure how good he'll be as a politician we would like to wish Mr Shimizu all the best and hopefully he can improve things and bring into effect the things he has been campaigning for.
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