Between 2002 and 2017 Japanese Fighter Takayuki Hosokawa (29-11-5, 9) ran up a 45 fight career, whilst fighting between Lightweight and Middleweight. He never made much of a name for himself internationally, despite spending a lengthy amount of time in the IBF world rankings at 154lbs, but was very much an interesting, entertaining and enigmatic fighter who managed to fit a lot into his lengthy career.
Hosokawa lost 3 of his first 5 bouts but slowly build up his experience and developed his skills. In 2014 his won his first title, the Japanese Light Middleweight title, before adding the IBF Asia and OPBF titles to his collection. Sadly though his reigns never really saw him define himself, despite climbing very high into the IBF rankings in 2015/2016.
In 2017 Hosokawa called time on his career after issues with his eyes, and by that time he was 32 years old, with more 40 fights to his name and a career that he taken up much of his life.
With that small profile out of the way, let us bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Takayuki Hosokawa!
1-Impressively Hosokawa passed his pro-test whilst he was still in high school and he was only 18 years and 6 days old when he made his professional debut in 2002!
2-Not only was Hosokawa young when he made his debut but he was also working at the time. He was employed by his family's sheet metal company.
3-Hosokawa's blood type is AB, the rarest in Japan with only around 10% population having it. According to Japanese Blood Type Theory this bloody type is typically a sign that the person with it is an eccentric, or weird person, and it's thought that AB blood types tend to make for good social workers, lawyers and teachers. Although it's a rare blood type in Japan Hosokawa isn't the only fighter with it, by any stretch and some fighters who reportedly have AB blood type include Ryo Akaho, Satoshi Hosono, Tomonobu Shimizu, Yota Sato and Kenichi Ogawa.
4-Interestingly Hosokawa shares his name with a number of other individuals, including the very well established Takayuki Hosokawa from the Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, who does research on Biological Psychology, Cognitive Science and Neuropsychology.
5-During his career Hosokawa had the nickname "Gorilla". That nickname stuck with him and was also the name of the bar he opened in 2019, which was "bar the GORILLA" to give it it's full name. The bar is a short walk away from the Kitashinchi Station, in Osaka Prefecture. Sadly in 2020 the Coronavirus situation saw the bar being pretty much closed for the year, and as a result Hosokawa ended up driving a truck to make ends meet whilst the bar was closed.
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