Between 2003 and 2017 we had the pleasure of watching the thrilling career of Takashi Miura (31-4-2, 24). The Japanese Super Featherweight was one of the most exciting fighters on the planet, with dynamite in his left hand, an ultra aggressive in ring style and a steely toughness. He wasn't the most skilled, or the quickest, but he was the sort of fighter who always gave us incredible action and was one of those fighters who was must watch.
Whilst Miura will likely go down as a fighter better known for his exciting performances than his wins, he was a fighter who promised explosive action. That was regardless of whether he won, or lost. Losses in high profile bouts to Takashi Uchiyama, Francisco Vargas and Miguel Berchelt will forever hang over his career from an historical point of view, but here we are to celebrate the positives, and look at the 5 most significant wins for... Takashi Miura.
Yoshimitsu Yashiro II (July 4th 2009)
In his first title fight Miura fought Yusuke Kobori in 2007, for the Japanese Super Featherweight title. He lost to Kobori but remained in the mix and go his second title fight in January 2009, when he fought to a draw with Yoshimitsu Yashiro. Those two men would then have a rematch around 6 months later, and this time Miura would take the victory, and title, making it third time lucky. He would defeat Yashiro with a 7th round TKO to claim the title, with the win helping to establish Miura on the Japanese scene. The bout wasn't the best, or the most memorable, but Miura wearing down the champion in round 6 and then closing the show in round 7 was a major win for him and proved he could get over the line at title level. It was his first title win, and it was aired live on G+.
Gamaliel Diaz (April 8th 2013)
Having needed 3 bites at the cherry to win a Japanese title Miura obviously didn't want to repeat that at world level. Sadly for him he would lose his first world title fight, suffering a stoppage loss to the then WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama. Thankfully for Miura that loss opened new doors for him, and ended up securing him a transfer Yokohama Hikari to Teiekn. Teiken helped him polish his style a touch and then landed him a world title bout with WBC champion Gamaliel Diaz. Miura would take his chance and break down Diaz with some very heavy leather, dropping Diaz a number of times before stopping the Mexican to claim the title. This bout wasn't just a big win for Miura, getting him the WBC world title, but also for Teiken, with Miura getting back the title that Takahiro Ao lost to Diaz. It would also begin his reputation as a Mexi-killer.
Sergio Thompson (August 17th 2013)
Talking about Miura being a Mexi-killer another bout that built that reputation, and his reputation as a must watch fighter, was his first defense. This bout saw him travel to Mexico, making his international debut, and defeating mandatory challenger Sergio Thompson with a decision. The bout was a real war and a total thriller to watch, with two men who both believed in their power and toughness. Both men would be dropped, both would be hurt and both give their all in what was one of the best fights of 2013. For hardcore fans who hadn't seen Miura in Japan this was a great introduction to "Bomber Left" and really helped establish him as a world class fighter. It was also, again, revenge for Teiekn as Thompson had previously stopped Jorge Linares. For those who haven't seen this one, it is spectacular!
Billy Dib (May 1st 2015)
Whilst Miura tended to come up short against his most well known names he does hold a solid win over Australian fighter Bill Dib. Dib, a former world champion at 126lbs, was never regarded as an elite level name, but a solid champion and a decent fighter with some international recognition. His bout with Miura was shown live in Australia but on delay in Japan, despite the TV snub Miura left a lasting impression as he detonated a brutal left hand on Dib and knocked him out. Although Dib was never a top tier Super Featherweight he was a noteworthy name, a former world champion a weight lower and the finishing shot from Miura was brutal. How Dib got to his feet was a mystery but he was out on them. This was a great knockout, against a recognisable name, that helped increase Miura's profile.
Miguel Roman (January 28th 2017)
After losing in his US debut in 2015, to Francisco Vargas, the demand to see Miura back in the US was high and when he was matched with Miguel Roman in 2017 we all knew to expect something special. Miura and Roman was pretty much made for each other, and they ended up delivering a 2017 Fight of the Year contender, just 28 days into the year! This was something else, with both men fighting an insane pace from the opening bell, before Miura began to finally break down Roman, dropping the Mexican in rounds 10, 11 and 12 to force a finish. The bout wasn't just a Fight of the Year contender, but also Miura's only win on US soil, his final professional win, and it set up a world title fight with Miguel Berchelt. This was just absolutely amazing and deserves to be rewatched over, and over!
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