A lot of fighters at the International gym adopted a fighter moniker, rather than fighting under their birth names. One such fighter was Toshimi Miura (15-5-1, 10), who went by the fighting name of "Crusher Miura".
The heavy handed Miura fought between 1982 and 1990 and although he wasn't the biggest success in the sport he did win the KSD Cup competition A-class tournament bantamweight championship and the Japanese national Bantamweight title during his career.
Today we're going to shine a small light on Miura as we feature him in the latest of our 5 Midweek facts series, and bring you 5 midweek facts about Crusher Miura!
1-As an amateur Miura ran up a very impressive record, going 43-5, and was #3 in a national high school tournament.
2-Miura is good friends with Leopard Tamakuma, who suggested that Miura should turn professional. It was also Tamakuma who suggested that Miura gave the sport a second go after Miura came close to quitting, following a loss to Tadashi Kuramochi. After the loss he was out of the ring for almost 2 years before Tamakuma's convinced him to return.
3-Miura's 1987 win over Mitsunobu Goda came just a day after Miura's 24th birthday! Strangely that win would also be the final KO win of Miura's career, with Miura's final 6 career bouts all going the distance, and saw him go 3-2-1 during that final stretch of his career.
4-Miura won the Eddie Townsend award in 2001 for the work he had done with Celes Kobayashi and Trash Nakanuma. For those unaware of the Eddie Townsend award is essentially Japan's answer to the Trainer of the Year award. That was when he was working at the International gym.
5-In 2002 Miura became the first chairman of the DREAM boxing gym in Oji. Although certainly not a big gym DREAM has become a notable gym, having created several Japanese ranked fighters and a Japanese national champion. For such a new gym it's certainly had it's successes.
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