There are a lot of fighters well known in Asia who aren't so well known further afield. Some of those had international success, including world titles, and others were only able to win domestic honours. Today we're going to look at a man who only made a mark on the Japanese scene, but boy what a mark he left with his huge power and exciting style.
The man in is Tadashi Yuba (46-10-2, 33) who's professional career ran from 1996 to 2014 and saw him take on a who's who of Japanese boxing across a number of weight classes. Win or lose Yuba was also fun to watch and it never easy to predict how a Yuba fight would go. On average his bouts lasted less than 5 rounds and they almost all had a high level of drama.
So for today's 5 Midweek Facts article we're bringing you 5 midweeks facts about Tadashi Yuba.
1-Yuba would be dubbed, in some circles, as "Mr Korakuen", and fought more than 30 times at Korakuen Hall in his 58 bout career. Most career's don't go 30 fights, so to have fought that many times in a single venue is staggering, even a venue as famous and well known as Korakuen Hall.
2-Amazingly 12 of Yuba's 58 bouts failed to go into round 2! These included 11 opening round wins and a single opening round loss.
3-Yuba was the first, and so far only, fighter to become a 5-weight Japanese national champion. Yuba managed to win titles from Lightweight to Middleweight during his career. Rather interestingly the order of his title wins was Lightweight, Light Welterweight, Welterweight, twice in fact, Middleweight and then Light Middleweight. Despite his multiple Japanese title wins, Yuba never managed to win any other titles and went 0-3 in OPBF title bouts.
4-Yuba's son Kaiki Yuba has continued the fighting tradition of the family and has won the Japanese Youth Lightweight title!
5-In 2018 Yuba was arrested for violating stalker regulations for reporting sending obscene images to a 20-something year old woman.
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