We're kicking off a new month and as we always do we get the chance to go back and look at some of the best, most unique, and most interesting names in Asian boxing history. This week we're going to leave our typical stomping ground, of Indonesia, along and focus on Japan, with 5 names from Japan. Included this week a Phantom, two former champions, someone who is very honest and some one who is new!
Attack Harada (23-29-4, 4)
We begin with a former champion as we look at Takeo Harada, better known by his fighting name of "Attack Harada", who fought from 1965 to 1976 and achieved a lot more than many fighters in this series. In fact Harada did a lot more than most fighters, full stop, during his 56 fight career. He struggled early on, debuting at the age of 17, but would go on to win the Japanese Super Bantamweight title in in 1970, dethroning Kuwashi Shimizu. Sadly his reign lasted just a few months, and he failed in 2 subsequent attempts to reclaim the title. Incidentally he also fought internationally, travelling to Thailand, Philippines, South Korea Guam and the US. Sadly despite his name he lacked stopping power, though was in some real battles during his time in the ring.
Snappy Asano (31-11-8, 1)
We mentioned Attack Harada failed in two attempts to reclaim the Japanese Super Bantamweight title, one of those actually came against another man making his way on to this list. Snappy Asano, born Eiichi Asano, was a fighter who fought from 1966 to 1974 and also won the Japanese title at 122lbs. He went on to hold the belt for 9 months, recording 2 successful defenses. As well as holding the Japanese title Snappy also fought for the OPBF title, earned a draw with the legendary Masao Oba, another draw with Chartchai Chionoi, in Thailand, and shared the ring with Venice Borkhorsor. Sadly Snap lacked the bite needed to make life easier, scoring just a single stoppage in his 50 fight career.
Sincere Inoue (3-1, 1)
The name "Inoue" has become one of the most notable in Japanese boxing in recent years thanks to Naoya Inoue, his brother Takuma Inoue and the unrelated Takeshi Inoue. Before the current wave of Inoue's there was the Sincere Inoue, a Japanese fight from the 1970's and 1980's. Sadly Inoue's record appears to be an incomplete on boxrec, though we're not sure what his complete one would be. What is known is that he faced future Japanese Lightweight champion Cheyenne Yamamoto in 1982, in the only loss Boxrec has for him. We are, very confident his record is wrong, due to him having a 4 year gap and "beginning" his career in an 8 rounder, but sadly details of Sincere are limited. Hopefully he'll be honest enough to update boxrec one day!
Phantom Ogawa (1-3-1)
Another man who's record is probably incomplete is Phantom Ogawa, who's Boxrec record of 1-3-1 run from 1979 to 1981. Strange from his 5 recorded bouts 3 of them are with the aforementioned Cheyenne Yamamoto, who he reportedly went 1-1-1 against. As well as the trilogy with Yamamoto it's worth noting he also clashed with Masaharu Owada, a future Japanese Middleweight champion. Sadly it's unlikely we'll ever see much footage of Phantom.
New Micky Yoshinobu (2-6, 1)
To finish this month's names article we look at a more recent fighter, in fact one who debuted in 2002 and last fought in 2010. That is Yoshinobu Murata, who was also known as Micky Yoshinobu, and New Micky Yoshinobu. Likely when they found the Old Micky Yoshinobu. Yoshinobu never got beyond fighting in 4 rounders during his career but we do absolutely love his final name. Interestingly his record does have some big time gapes and potentially, some missing bouts on his record, though we suspect his record is pretty accurate in fairness.
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