When it comes to youngsters shining brightly, few countries have as many talented youngsters making a name for themselves at a young age as Japan. Sadly many of those talented youngsters fail to reach their potential, for one reason or another. Today we look at one such fighter as we again turn to our 5 Midweek Facts series and look at Hiroyuki Miyata (12-1-2, 5).
Miyata was a real talent, who debuted at the age of 17, shined incredibly brightly early on, showed real promise through his career, and looked like he was edging towards a Japanese title fight before his career to an end in 1987. He was a genuinely exciting young talent who, like so many others, saw their career end for reasons outside of their control, ending what was a very promising career well before he hit his prime.
Whilst he's not a name we expect many to be familiar with, he's a perfect candidate for this series and someone we want to shine the light on!
1-On February 16th 1985 Miyata beat Yukinari Oshiro in the All-Japan Light Flyweight Rookie of the Year final. At that point in time Miyata was just 18 years old and still a high school student! Not only did he win Rookie of the Year but also took the Skill Award and was dubbed a "genius" at the time.
2-Miyata is an interesting character, who has stated a person he respects is Julius Caesar, among his favourite music is Chopin and Beethoven, and his favourite brand it Toyota.
3-Sadly Mityata was forced to retire following his June 1987 win over Katsumi Komiyama due to a detached retina. This injury ended his career when he was just 20 years old and came not long after the 3 year anniversary of his debut!
4-Following his early retirement he set up the Miyata Sports Club. The gym was established in 1987, soon after Miyata's in ring retirement. The gym would go on to manage the career of Daisuke Naito, the gym's only world champion so far. It's certainly not a huge gym, but is a fairly notable one
5-Miyata has released a 2-DVD pack on "Guiding Techniques to Strengthen Mental Training". This can be purchased in Japan for ¥3,780. The pack is based on building the mental aspects of people in sport, and wase seemingly founded on his own training.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).