Japanese tough guy Nobuo Nashiro only fought 26 times as a professional, between his 2003 debut and his final bout in 2013. Despite that he was a 2-time world champion who fought in 10 world title bouts, and an interim world title bout, and really did take on a relative who's who of the Super Flyweight division from 2006 to 2013. Among those he faced were Martin Castillo, Alexander Munoz, Kohei Kono, Hugo Fidel Cazares, Thomas Rojas, Suriyan Por Chokchai, Tepparith Kokietgym and Denkaosan Kaovichit.
Whilst few in the west are aware of Nashiro, which is disappointing as his career was genuinely action packed and interest. With that in mind we'd like to let fans get to know a little more about the tough southpaw, and so we bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Nobuo Nashiro.
1-When Nashiro was boxing in high school he was guided by Hiroaki Takami, who had represented Japan at the 1984 Olympics in LA.
2-As an amateur Nashiro went a less than outstanding 38-19 (20)
3-Nobuo's brother is Yuji Nashiro, a Kickboxer who had mixed success from 2006 to 2013.
4-Given his lack of real amateur success Nashiro wasn't expected to be a star. That however changed when he upset Hidenobu Honda in what was a major upset. Honda, up to this point boasted a 26-3 (14) record, was world ranked, a 2-time world title challenger and his only losses, barring a defeat 8 years earlier, had come at world level. He was expected to move towards a third world title fight. Nashiro, on the other hand was 4-0 (3), had only fought 12 career rounds and was regarded as a "biting dog". The win instantly put Nashiro into the world title mix, and he would get his first world title shot less than 2 years later!
5-Nashiro is known as an incredibly tough guy, and that toughness extended away from boxing. In June 2007, after his loss to Alexander Munoz, Nashiro suffered a traffic accident and injured his cervical spine. Despite the injury he was back in the ring just months later, winning his return bout in November
6-Nashiro's final bout, a contest with Denkaosan Kaovichit, was delayed for 11 days by the organisers in Thailand. Interestingly the two men were relatively friendly with each other and Nashiro had sparred with Denkaosan, to help prepare for a bout with Tepparith Kokietgym.
7-Nashiro got married on April 29th 2009 to a woman he'd been dating for 6 years. He was engaged just weeks earlier, prior to his memorable bout with Konosuke Tomiyama.
8-In his free time he enjoys playing Billards
9-Nashiro's first child, a daughter, was born on January 12th 2011
10-Following his retirement from in ring activity Nashiro has played a major role in the development of boxing talent at Kindai University. He has been a lead boxing coach there and is now a director there. He took the training role with the hope of creating Olympic hopefuls for Tokyo 2020, though a number of fighters he has had a role in developing have recently gone professional, including excellent female fighter Kasumi Saeki. notably he was the first professional world champion to take a boxing director role at a University
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