Through the history of the sport we have seen so many fighters being regarded as a sure thing, and as the next big star of the sport, but their career failed to pan out in the way many had expected. One of the most notable examples of such a fighter from Japan was Satoshi Koguchi (11-7-1, 10) who was regarded as one of the nations brightest ever talents when he turned professional in the late 1970's.
Sadly however Koguchi never delivered on his talent when he needed to, and despite turning professional with huge expectations on his shoulders he finished his career with an under-whelming record and little of note to show for his 6 years in the pro ranks. Instead his career serves as a clear reminder that no one in this sport is a sure thing, no matter how talented they are.
For those who don't know much about Koguchi we're looking to change that here as we bring you 5 Midweek Factsab out Satoshi Koguchi!
1-As an amateur Koguchi was a standout fighter who recorded a then Japanese record 61 straight wins in the amateurs, a record that stood for more than 30 years and wasn't broken until Kuntae Lee in 2013, when Kuntae Lee scored a 62nd straight win in his brilliant amateur career. As an amateur Koguchi would win two national high school championships and fight at the 1978 World Amateur Championships, but was eliminated in the first round.
2-Koguchi's decision to turn professional was due to the failure of his parent's business, and the need to earn money.
3-There was real controversy over Koguchi's professional standing when he turned professional, which hindered his career. He had signed contracts with both the International Boxing Gym and the Sasazaki Boxing Gym. Which left both feeling feeling they had promotional rights to him. Sadly the contractual issues saw him having his debut delayed by around two years, in what is regarded as the "boxing version of the Egawa Incident", mirroring issues with baseball star Suguru Egawa. It seemed, when he did turn professional, some of his desire for the sport had waned.
4-When he did finally make his debut he did so with special training from former Japanese world champion Shozo Saijo and he even sparred with Carlos Zarate before making his professional debut. Sadly however he neglected road work, and reportedly lacked the attitude to become a boxing star, a preferring to smoke, drink and enjoy the company of females, rather than focusing on his boxing career.
Rather interestingly his inability to focus on the sport saw him never winning any form of professional title, though he did fight for Japanese titles 3 times and scored wins over 3 future Japanese champions Tsutomu Itokazu, Tatsunari Hisahiro and Noboru Godai.
5-Following his retirement, in 1985 after losing to Takuya Muguruma, Koguchi became a trainer at the Kyoei Gym, helping train Katsuya Onizuka. He would win the Best Trainer Award in 1992 before transferring gyms in 1994 and helping Shinji Takehara to a world title. He would then go on to open up his own gym in 1996 and later lead Shingo Wake to a world title fight.
Bonus Fact -
Koguchi's newphew is Manabu Koguchi, the man who gave Hidenori Otake his first loss.
Thinking Out East
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