Another week is about to go by without fights so we again turn to our new "5 Midweek Facts" series to look at another fighter and find out 5 things about them that fans may not be aware of. Again this isn't the longer weekend series, where we look at 10 facts on a Sunday, but we also are looking at less well known fighters, as we try to shine a light on a regional or national level fighter.
Today's fighter for focus is former Japanese Light Flyweight champion Munetsugu Kayo (20-3-3, 10).
1-At the age of 2 Kayo suffered from Perthes disease, which resulted in him spending significant time away from his family. He did explain, in an interview in 2019, that at the time he was only able to stay at home for one night at weekends due to the disease.
2-Kayo was managed by the Shirai Gushiken Sports Gym, the gym that was set up by Light Flyweight great Yoko Gushiken. He was trained at the gym by George Nogi, who ended his career with a reported record of 3-0 (1), however boxrec has Nogi with an incomplete record of 1-0.
3-As an amateur Kayo was actually a decent fighter and ran up a solid 36-9 (16) amateur record. During that time he was trained by the legendary Shinkichi Kaneshiro, who also trained Puma Toguchi, Satoshi Shingaki and Tsuyoshi Hamada when they were amateurs.
4-In 2006 Kayo fought two Thai's, Fahkanong Singdongthai and Wandee Singwancha in title bouts. Strangely both Thai's failed to make weight for the bouts. Kayo would stop Fahkanong, to retain the OPBF Light Flyweight title, but lose to Wandee in a bout for the WBC "interim" Light Flyweight title.
5-Kayo's reign as the Japanese Lightweight champion was kind of odd. He managed 5 defenses, from his title win on March 15th 2007 to his title loss in 2009 to Ryo Miyazaki. On paper that doesn't sound too notable, but 3 of his defenses were technical draws and his title loss was also a technical decision. So, in his 7 Japanese title bouts, his title win, 5 defenses and title loss, he had 4 bouts ending in technical decisions.
Thinking Out East
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