Last week in this series we covered Hironari Oshima, the popular Japanese Lightweight, though one thing we didn't mention was that he also had a boxing brother, Noritsugu Oshima (9-4, 8) who was also a really interesting fighter. Noritsugu lacked the success of his older brother but was also a very interesting fighter fighter to look back on.
Noritsugu, like his brother, had similar issues in his life and to become a professional but that is part of what makes his story as interesting as it is, and part of why want to shine a light on him this week.
With that in mind let us bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Noritsugu Oshima
1-It's been reported that Noritsugu didn't have much of a connection with his parents, and instead looked up to Hironori as a father figure. That was despite the fact the two were pretty much the same age. That was likely why Noritsugu also ended up involved in gangs and crime, like his older brother
2-Like his older brother Noritsugu was also known as a "tattoo boxer", it was due to the tattoos he had that struggled to get a Japanese boxing license. It was reported that around 70% of his upper body was covered in tattoos, with his chest, back, shoulders and wrists covered in them. He had been in negotiations with the JPBA to get a license as a Japanese boxer, but began his career outside of Japan.
3-Interestingly Boxrec fails to include Oshima's first 3 professional bouts. They all took place in Thailand and he went 3-0 (3) in those bouts. The first of those took place on September 19th 2006, the day of the 2006 Thai coup d'état, where the Thai military ousted then Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He reported that the "city was noisy and tanks were running in the city".
4-Prior to making his Japanese professional boxing debut Oshima twice battled against the then retired Koji Arisawa in an exhibition bout as part of a "Deep Glove" event, competing on "DEEP GLOVE 1" and "DEEP GLOVE 2". Both of these events were promoted by MMA organisation DEEP.
5-Oshima finally made his Japanese debut at the age of 32 beating Takahiro Ozawa. For the bout he had laser surgery to remove some of the tattoos and also had foundation on to cover some of what was left. Sadly given his advanced age his career was never going to be a long one and he went 6-4 (5) in Japan before his career came to an end in 2011. Before his career was over there was various TV documentary and shows covering his fight to turn professional. Following his retirement from boxing there are reports that he became a care worker.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).