A new year is here and we continue our "Did You Know" series by looking at another of Japan's many notable gyms, this time a new gym that has began to make it's name in recent years. The gym is one lead by a former world champion, and is regarded as one of the very best gyms in Japan for top talent. That, is the Ohashi Gym.
The gym was set up in the 1994's by former WBC and WBA Minimumweight champion Hideyuki Ohashi and in the 25 or so years since it has become a gym that has attracted a lot of attention, both in Japan and wider afield.
-When the gym was first opened it was named "Ohashi Sports Gym", not "Ohashi Boxing Gym", only changing the name in 2002.
-The gym had their first world champion in 2004, when Katsushige Kawashima stopped Masamori Tokuyama inside a round to claim the WBC Super Flyweight. Kawashima's reign would only last around 13 months, before he lost in a third clash to Tokuyama, but it put the gym on the map.
-The gym is one of the few to have had both male and female world champion, with Ayaka Miyao winning the WBA Atomweight title in 2012. At the time this made the gym only the second in Japan to have had male and female world champions, following the Watanabe Gym.
-Ohashi Gym fighters have fought on almost every TV channel in Tokyo. They have featured on TV Tokyo, TV Asahi, G+, TBS and most recently Fuji TV, who they have a current outlet deal with.
-Since being set up in the 1990's the gym has had 4 world champions, Kawashima, Miyao, Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue. It's also had an interim world champion, former WBC "interim" Bantamweight Takuma Inoue.
-The gym is one of the few Japanese gyms with multi-weight world champions, with Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue both being 3 weights champions, a rarity still in Japan.
-In 2010 the gym relocated from it's then location, at the Aiwa headquarters, to it's current location!
-The physical gym has 2 main floors, each with a training ring in it, as well an oxygen chamber and a 65" monitor
-Despite the gym being known as Ohashi gym, and being owned by Mr Ohashi, the gym is actually operated under the Phoenix Promotion Co., Ltd. Name, a company that took it's name from Mr Ohashi's own boxing nickname of the Phoenix, hence the cards the gym run being known as "Phoenix Battle".
Thinking Out East
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