Between 2002 and 2008 Japanese fighter Kuniyuki Aizawa (13-4-1, 10) was a man with a lot of attention on his shoulders, and was regarded as one of the bright hopes of the Misako gym. He had been a stand out in the unpaid ranks and seemed to have insane potential to be a star. He had the tools needed, and was a smart out-side boxer who many in Japan were tipping to be someone big.
Sadly however Aizawa's career never came close to reaching the heights expected of him. His 18 fight career saw him face off with some notable names, though he would come up short in almost all of his notable bouts. Unfortunately his style never quite clicked in the professional ranks though he did manage to win an OPBF title and fight for a world title in a short, and somewhat underwhelming, career.
During his short career Aizawa defeated Chatachai Sasakul and Jin Man Jeon, but came up short against the likes of Teppei Kikui, Alexander Munoz and Kohei Kono before retiring following a loss to the flamboyant Konosuke Tomiyama in 2008.
With that short introduction out of the way, lets find out more about the man, as we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Kuniyuki Aizawa
1-Boxing was not the first choice that Aizawa found himself involved in. In fact during junior high school he played Volleyball, a spot that is pretty far away from boxing in terms of the skills needed to compete. He did however take up boxing during his days at High School and competed in a national wide High School tournament whilst studying at Miyagi agricultural high
2-Despite not taking up boxing until high school Aizawa was a natural, and ran up a very impressive 72-12 (35) amateur record, winning 3 notable titles titles as an amateur before turning professional. Among his amateur achievements were appearances at the 1999 Asian Championships, 2000 President's Cup in Bali and the 2001 East Asian Games.
3-Aizawa was only in 4 career bouts scheduled for less than 10 rounds. These were made up of 2 bouts scheduled for 6 rounds and 2 for 8 rounds. The other 14 were either 10 rounds, which made up 9 of his bouts, or 12 rounds, which made up the other 5. Interestingly only 6 of those longer bouts were title bouts. Typically Japanese fighters in stay busy bouts are fighting over 10 rounds, which makes this a rather peculiar fact about Aizawa.
4-Rather staggeringly Aizawa's entire 18 bout professional career was spent fighting at Korakuen Hall. Whilst it's not unheard of for Japanese fighters to fight a lot at the "Holy Land", it's rare for their entire career's to be spent there. That included several title fights, including a WBA world title fight and a bout against the then unified OPBF and Japanese champion Kohei Kono.
5-Aizawa was a classmate of Takashi Uchiyama's, with both men attending the Takushoku University.
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