This week we get to look at another often forgotten fighter from Japan as we bring you some more midweek facts. The man we're looking at this week is Ryuji Migaki (17-4, 13), who fought as a professional between 2004 and 2012 and despite not having the longest or most successful career was certainly a noteworthy fighter. From his 21 professional bouts he fought in 7 title bouts, won both the Japanese and OPBF Lightweight titles and fought a number of notable names whilst being the star of the MT Boxing Gym.
During his career Migaki beat the likes of Yoshitaka Kato, Ichitaro Ishii, Kengo Nagashima and Shoji Kawase. He also suffered losses to the likes of Akihro Kondo, Nihito Arakawa and Takashi Miura, with the Miura bout being his final bout before he retired.
With that little introduction out of the way, lets take a look at this weeks facts!
1-Migaki graduated from the Kansai High School before going to the Komazawa University. Rather interestingly Satoshi Shimizu also attended both, though obviously the two men were not in the same classes as they were born several years apart.
2-As an amateur Migaki went 52-18 (30) and won the Light Welterweight title at the National Sports festival in 1998.
3-Following his successful amateur career Migaki debuted on a card headlined by two world title fights, and was actually beaten. He lost in 2 rounds to Kodai Kiyota, despite having his impressive amateur pedigree. Two interesting things about this bout is that it took place at 140lbs, rather than Lightweight which is where Migaki would spend the rest of his career, and that the result saw Kiyota move to 6-1 (6). We really need to wonder why his team put him in with a puncher like Kiyota on debut, who had stopped 4 opponents in the opening round prior to facing Migaki.
4-Migaki was scheduled to defend the OPBF Lightweight title on May 17th 2010, as part of a card headlined by the then WBA Super Featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama. Sadly Migaki's scheduled opponent, Hee Jae Cho was forced to pull out of the fight on very short notice due to pneumonia. As a result Migaki sparred with Masayuki Koguchi, who was famous in Japan at the time as the "Wig Boxer", due to the fact he wore a wig for one of his fights. [More about "The Wig Boxer" can be found here Tales from the East - Masayuki Koguchi the "Wig Boxer"]
5-After his career ended Migaki became a trainer at the Kyoei Boxing gym.
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