Japanese Light Welterweight Norio Kimura (35-7-2,19) had one of the more interesting careers of Japanese fighters at 140lbs. Kimura's career ran from 1996, when he was 18, to 2009 and during that time he fought 44 bouts, including 20 title contests.
Although not a world beater Kimura did challenge for the WBA Light Welterweight title, when he faced off with Andriy Kotelnik in Ukraine, and faced domestic foes like of Rick Yoshimura, Tadashi Yuba, Motoki Sasaki, Shinya Nagase and Yosukezan Onodera. Whilst he came up short at world level he did dominate on the domestic scene and had an excellent reign as the national champion at 140lbs.
Of course we're not here for a profile on a fighter, but instead to continue our regular 5 Midweek Facts series, so this week, as you can probably guess, we're bringing you 5 Midweek facts about Norio Kimura!
1-Kimura went to school with, and is good friends with, kick boxer Taishin Kohiruimaki. Although boxing fans might not bee too family with Kohiruimaki he was a 3-time K1-Word MAX Japan Tournament champion and scored 40 wins from his 62 kick boxing bouts.
2-In various Japanese interviews Kimura revealed that he wasn't originally interested in boxing and that his first sporting love was actually Table Tennis, which he regularly played with his mother.
3-As an amateur boxing Kimura was very handed handed. He went 15-5 with 12 of his 15 amateur wins coming within the distance!
4-At the time of writing boxrec has a mistake in regards to the date of one of Kimura's bouts! That was the date of his 6 round clash with Takeshi Matsumoto. For some reason boxrec have this bout listed as being on December 20th 1999. It actually took place 2 years earlier, December 12th 1997. What makes this even more of a confusing mistake is the fact it was at the 1997 All Japan Rookie of the Year final!
5-With 13 defenses of the Japanese Light Welterweight title Kimura holds the record for the most defenses of the title. The next best was 12 defenses by Lion Furuyama, over 2 reigns, and 10 defenses in a single reign by Hiromu Kuwata.
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