Between 1996 and 2006 Japan's Jun Toriumi (24-6-1, 10) had a solid career that often goes over-looked in recent years, where many fans look back on a fighter for their record rather than their in ring activity, and their own personal achievements.
Toriumi may have lost around 20% of his career bouts but he still managed to carve out a genuinely successful career, winning the OPBF Super Bantamweight title in 2005, scored a win over Sornpichai Kratingdaenggym and shared the ring with the likes of Shigeru Nakazato, Hozumi Hasegawa and Nobuto Ikehara.
Although we're not here to give a full career synopsis of toriumi today, we are here to share some details about his career and life, as we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Jun Toriumi!
1-Toriumi went to the Hanasaki Tokuharu High School. That's the same high school as numerous other notable boxers, including Takashi Uchiyama, Akinori Watanabe, Shinya Iwabuchi, Nobuyuki Shindo, Tsukimi Namiki and Kazu Arisawa. It really is hard to believe how many notable boxers have come through that single high school in the last few decades, and it's clear that the High School has strong links to the Watanabe Gym, given how many fighters from the school ended up at the gym.
2-As an amateur Toriumi ran up a solid 42-17 (13) record, and came third in two notable Japanese amateur competitions. As a result of his amateur record he was regarded as a genuine prospect when he eventually turned professional in 1996, aged 22.
3-As a youngster Toriumi was featured on the cover of "Men's Street", a Japanese fashion magazine. At the time he was regarded as a very good looking young man, which lead him to having that cover star role.
4-Following his retirement from the ring he became a manager a gym of a former stablemate, and then later set up his own gym, the "TEAM 10 COUNT" gym, which he founded in 2010. Incidentally he was given a 6 month suspension of his gym owner and managed licenses in 2020 due to breaching rules regarding fees.
5-The boxer isn't the only Jun Toriumi of note. Another Jun Toriumi is a well known figure in the field of pathology, and is a co-writer in a number of books regard pathology, including "Basics of Human Patholgy" and "Pathology and treatment". Sadly it's hard to find a significant amount about him, but several of his books are available on the Japanese Amazon.
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