One thing we don't think about when we talk about Japanese boxing is Japanese Heavyweights, In fact the history of the sport gives us very, very few Japanese Heavyweights and you could say they are as rare hens teeth. One of the very few to make any sort of a mark on the division was Kotatsu Takehara (15-13-3, 8) who had one of the most interesting boxing careers of any Japanese Heavyweight.
Takehara fought between 2001 and 2019 and was a bit of a road warrior, fighting in Japan, Australia, USA and China before ending his career. He also took on some really notable names, such as Alex Leapai, Magomed Abdusalamov, Johann Duhaupas, Lucas Browne, Kyotaro Fujimoto and Nobuhiro Ishida. Sure now sensational fighters, but for a Japanese Heavyweight that's much better than we'd have expected.
Whilst Takehara failed to become a big name himself, he was certainly someone who is worth knowing more about. With that in mind here we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Kotatsu Takehara!
1-Before turning to boxing Takehara played Rugby and was regarded as a good Rugby player at a young age, playing sport into his days at University. Sadly though an accident whilst at University ended his days as a Rugby player.
2-Takehara's blood type is A type, this is actually the most common blood type in Japan. Under Japanese blood theory this would make Takehara a "Well Organised" person. Typically these people are sensitive, patient, wary, polite and attentive.
3-Although he is best known as Kotatsu Takehara, the fighter was born Masataka Takehara, and only changed his ring name in 2013. Incidentally Masataka Taniguchi is also the name of a Japanese businessman, known for his work with Japan Electronic Materials Corporation and Marumitsu Co., Ltd.
4-A sad fact, that we hope changes in the future, is that Takehara has had the most attempts at winning the Japanese Heavyweight title without winning it. In fact at the time of writing, in April 2021, Takehara has been involved in half of the 6 Japanese Heavyweight title bouts so far, and has lost in all 3. The only man to have been in more bouts for the title is Kyotaro Fujimoto, who has been in 4 of the 6 title bouts.
5-Taking this full circle and heading back to Rugby, Takehara is friend with Tsuyoshi Yamamoto the former Japanese professional Rugby player, who played at international level. The two men were class mates at University.
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