In recent months we've spent a lot of time getting lost in Japanese domestic fights from the 1970's, 80's and 90's. One name that popped up a lot during our binging sessions was Cheyenne Yamamoto (22-8-6, 12), who fought between 1979 and 1987.
Although not a name many international fans will be aware of we did enjoy watching bouts of Yamamoto, who became a 2-time Japanese Lightweight champion during his career and was also involved in some fantastic bouts. His career came to an end following the sole stoppage loss of his career, against Iwao Otomo, which seemed to spell that his style and toughness was having an impact on his punch resistance.
Yamamoto's success came down to hard work, and the fact he ended up winning 22 of his 36 professional bouts was a real surprise given he had gone 1-2-3 after his first 6 bouts and was 4-3-4 after 11 bouts. Despite that peculiar start he left his mark on professional boxing and to this day stands as just one of 7 men to reclaim the Japanese Lightweight title.
With a couple of details about Yamamoto already shared, lets now take a look at 5 Midweek Facts about Cheyenne Yamamoto.
1-Yamamoto fought under his birth name, of Koji Yamamoto, until 1982 when he adopted the Cheyenne name, using it for the first time in a fight against Sincere Inoue in February 1982.
2-During the early part of his career Yamamoto was a sparring partner for former WBC Super Bantamweight champion Royal Kobayashi, with the two men both fighting out of the International Gym. Given that Yamamoto began his professional career in 1979 and Kobayashi retired in 1981 it shows just how highly International thought of the youngster.
3-After retiring from in ring competition he ran the Cheyenne Yamamoto Gym, where he served as the chairman and as a trainer, before later becoming the chairman of the Reboot Gym.
4-In 2014 there was speculation that Koki Kameda was set to transfer to the Cheyenne Yamamoto gym, following the JBC stripping various licenses from the Kameda Gym. The attempt to join the gym was essentially shot down by the JBC who put in a condition that only a gym with a history of managing world champions would be allowed to sign Kameda. Theislater saw Kameda being linked to the UNITED gym and the Kadoebi Gym, though he also failed to sign with any of those and ended up finishing his career fighting outside of Japan.
Had the deal gone through with the Cheyenne Yamamoto Gym, Kameda would have been, by far, the most notable name to ever fight under the the gym's banner.
5-In the summer of 2017 Yamamoto was hospitalised following a traffic accident. He required an operation and rehabilitation following the accident.
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