We suspect that fans who follow the Japanese scene will recognise the name "Teraji", afterall it's the surname of the talented Kenshiro Teraji. One thing some fans may not recognise is that Kenshiro's father, Hisashi Teraji, was himself a talented fighter who fought between 1989 and 2000. In fact fans who have seen Kenshiro in action will likely have spotted a very, very tall man with him, that's actually Hisashi, who towers over his son and stands at around 6'2".
As professional Teraji ran up a solid record of 20-1-3 (11), with his only loss coming to future world champion Shinji Takehara, and his 3 draws coming in his first 6 bouts, leaving him 3-0-3 record at one point. Despite his final professional bout coming in 2000, he actually retired in October 2001 on the back of a 14 fight winning run. Among the fighters beaten by Teraji during that streak were were Biney Martin, who's currently a referee in Japan, and 2-time world title challenger Yoshinori Nishizawa.
With that introduction, and maybe a few extra facts out of the way, lets us bring you 5 midweeks facts about Hisashi Teraji!
1-Sadly Teraji's father died when he was a child, and he was brought up by his mother in a single parent family.
2-As an amateur Teraji went a reported 49-3 (25), and was regarded as a quick and technical and quick fighter in the unpaid ranks, a style not typically seen of bigger fighters in Japan. Reportedly he didn't take the sport up until he was in University, suggesting he was a pretty natural talent, and that that talent was helped by his freakish size.
3-As a professional Teraji made his debut at Light Middleweight, where he must have looked like a giant. He would win two titles, the Japanese Middleweight title , winning it in his 4th shot at the belt, and the OPBF Light Heavyweight title, becoming the first Japanese fighter to hold that title.
4-After retiring Teraji owned a cleaning business, that helped clean offices and condo's. That would later become BMB Clean Service. He also owns and runs the BMB Boxing Gym. For those curios, BMB stands for Body, Mind and Beauty.
5-Also after his retirement, Teraji has ran for office and in 2003 and in 2007 he was elected to the city council for Jōyō City, in Kyoto. After serving two terms he was beaten in 2011, denying him a third successive term.
Thinking Out East
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