The Light Flyweight division has become one of the most interesting in the sport the last few years, with a fantastic mix of fighters going through the division on their way through the weights and others making a name for themselves at the weight. Today we look at one of the lesser known Light Flyweight champions of the early 1980's, Tadashi Tomori.
We're not going to do a full profile of Tomori, who was only a very short term WBC champion in 1982, but instead here 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Tadashi Tomori!
1-As an amateur Tomori went 16-4 (3) winning an All-Japan high school title, before turning professional at the young age of 18. Interestingly he only actually began boxing in high school, explaining why his amateur career was so short.
2-Tomori was dubbed "Gushiken II" in Japan, after Yoko Gushiken. The two men had a few things in common, notably both were Light Flyweight world champions, both won their titles at a young age, both had very short careers and most notably both were from Okinawa. Of course his career was never able to hit the heady heights of the legendary Gushiken, who's lengthy title reign made him a Japanese boxing legend.
3-In February 1980 Tomori ended the Japanese title reign of Kazunori Tenryu to become the Japanese Light Flyweight champion. This saw Tomori become only the second man to hold the title since it was created in March 1975, ending Tenryu's reign which had included 16 defenses! Tomori would actually hold the Japanese Light Flyweight twice during his career, only Tomohiro Kiyuna (3) would hold the title more times. Tomori, Hideyuki Ohashi and Kenichi Horikawa are all tied for second place with 2 reigns each.
4-Only 1 of Tomori's first 11 bouts ended inside the distance! Whilst he was never regarded as puncher he was 10-1 (1) at one point, with his only stoppage at that point coming in his third professional bout. Strangely his his next 3 wins would then be by stoppage and he would go from 10-1 (1) to 13-2 (4).
5-Tomori was the 5th world champion trained by the legendary Eddie Townsend. It wasn't who originally trained Tomori however, that was Masahiro Misako, with Townsend only actually training him from early 1982, the same year that Tomori scored his biggest win, a decision over Amado Ursua for the WBC Light Flyweight title. Notably he was also Misako's third world champion.
6-Rather oddly Tomori was the only Japanese fighter to be crowned a world champion in 1982. Other Japanese fighters successfully defended world titles but no one else won a new title during the year. In fact no Japanese fighter was actually crowned a world champion in 1983.
7-Having mentioned Tomori debuted at the age of 18 it's worth noting he retired young, and we mean REALLY young. He was only 22 when he fought for the final time in November 1982. Meaning his entire 26 fight professional career lasted just 4 years and 6 months!
8-When Tomori won his world title he became the 4th man from Okinawa to achieve the feat and the third at Light Flyweight, following Yoko Gushiken and Katsuo Tokashiki.
9-Following his retirement from fighting Tomori went on to manage a boutique.
10-The boutique wasn't the only post-retirement activity of note regarding Tomori, who has spent multiple spells as a trainer at the Shirai Gushiken Gym, the gym run by Yoko Gushiken. He was Daigo Higa's trainer for his return bout earlier this year.
Thinking Out East
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