One thing we've always loved has been flawed but aggressive fighters. These are the type of guys who can close the show with a single punch, but are defensively open enough to take punishment themselves. It often seems like their best defense is their offense.
A great example of that type of fighter was former Japanese 140lbs fighter Shinya Iwabuchi (26-6, 22) who fought as a professional from 2004 to 2016 and was involved in some amazing bouts, with his 2013 bouts against Valentine Hosokawa and Min Wook Kim both being fantastic wars. He was a former Japanese national champion who fought 3-times for the OPBF 140lb title.
Whilst we know fans internationally likely missed much of his in ring career Iwabuchi is someone who has always interested us, and we always enjoyed watching him. Rather sharing his fights today we thought we'd take this opportunity to share some facts as we bring you 5 midweek facts about Shinya Iwabuchi!
1-Iwabuchi was in the same year, at the same school, as fellow boxer Akinori Watanabe. Sadly whilst Iwabuchi's cronwing achievement was winning the Japanese Light Welterweight title, which he defended twice, Watanabe has managed to win Japanese, OPBF and PABA titles during his career, massively over-shadowing Iwabuchi's in ring success.
2-Whilst most boxers seem to use rock or rap songs for their entrance music Iwabuchi used a song by English pop band EAST 17. The song he used was "House of Love", which was released more than 10 years before Iwabuchi made his professional boxing debut. A very odd choice for a Japanese boxer, but as we usually do with these types of facts the video for the song can be seen at the end of this article.
3-Iwabuchi's trainer was former fighter Kazu Arisawa, the "less successful" of the two Arisawa brothers. As a fighter Arisawa went 19-3-1 (14) and was a 2-time Japanese title challenger, meaning the student achieved more than the master.
4-As an amateur Iwabuchi went 13-7 (9).
5-Rather interestingly Iwabuchi lists not only Kazu Arisawa, and his brother Koji Arisawa, as boxers he respects along with world champuiions Daisuke Naito and Takanori Hatakeyama but also Hironari Oshima and former Yakuza member, turn boxer, Tatsuki Kawasaki.
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).