Between 1995 and 2004 Japanese fans saw the popular Osamu Sato (27-3-3, 16) make a name for himself fighting at Super Bantamweight and Featherweight. He was fight out of the Kyoei Gym and managed to become one of their stars at the tune of the millennium.
Outside of Japan Sato's name isn't a huge one, but during his pomp he was a must watch fighter with numerous exciting bouts and a really fan friendly style. During his 33 fight career he won the OPBF Super Bantamweight title and the WBA Super Bantamweight title. He also clashed with several notable names, including Willie Jorin, Yoddamrong Sithyodthong, Salim Medjkoune, Yokthai Sithoar and Chris John.
Rather than going through Sato's career and achievements today we are here to give you some facts and information on Sato, as bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Osamu Sato
1-Whilst in high school Sato was close friends with Akihiko Nago, who would himself become a professional boxer. Nago was best known for coming up short in 2 world title bouts and for winning the Japanese Super Flyweight title during his 40 bout career.
2-As an amateur Sato went 15-6 (4), not the most amazing of records, though he was said to have won a Kinki High School tournament at Flyweight.
3-In various interviews Sato has revealed that the fighter he admired the most was Katsuya Onizuka. Interestingly both men fought at the Kyoei gym, though Onizuka had retired by the time Sato was a fully fledged member, and it wasn't until quite deep into Sato's career that he really got to know Onizuka, who was working for TBS as a commentator at the time. Rather notably the world title Sato won, the WBA Super Bantamweight title, was also the one that Onizuka had won in 1992 and held until losing it in 1994. The two men would later do commentary together, covering a Koki Kameda fight together.
4-As a professional boxer Sato fought with the nickname of "Hulk"
5-At the time of writing there is a bout of Sato's missing from his boxrec. The bout in question was a bout held in August 1999 against a Filipino fighter, which he won in 5 rounds. This bout is referenced by several Japanese sources and seems to be an odd one to be missing, as it came in the middle of his career.
6-Sato's professional debut came on a show headlined by the then WBC Flyweight champion Yuri Arbachakov, who defeated Chatchai Sasakul. Strangely he was one of 4 Japanese debutants on the show. At the time of his debut he was 18 years old.
7-Rather interestingly Sato's final professional win, a KO win over Dae Kyung Park, came just a day before Sato's 27th birthday!
8-In 2020 Sato was appointed an ambassador for EVERLAST in Japan. Also in 2020 he helped teach table tennis sensation Tomokazu Harimoto some boxing, with Harimoto saying he wanted to incorporate boxing movements into his table tennis performances.
9-Sato shares his name with a Japanese digital artist, photographer and composer. Interestingly the Sato who works in art is pretty well known for his video game work, which included Playstation game "LSD: Dream Emulator", which has a cult following and is widely regarded as one of the strangest Playstation games to ever be released.
10-Since retiring from the sport Sato has gone on to become an actor, and has featured in a number of roles, ranging from movies to dramas. As an actor he has gone by the stage name "Ren Hulk", a play on his old boxing nickname. Among his credits was a role in the 2020 film "Underdog", which is a boxing movie.
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