When looking back over the history of boxing there are so many forgotten names. They range from forgotten champions to fighters who were little more than a local note on the sport and from those who achieved lots, to those who merely dipped their toes into the sport before going on to do something else with their life. One such fighter who is now often forgotten is former OPBF Light Flyweight champion Takahisa Masuda (20-9-3, 5).
As a professional Masuda fought between 1996 and 2009 and whilst his career isn't too well remembered now, more than a decade on from his final bout, he is still a very significant figure in boxing in Ehime, where he was born and now has his own gym. His career saw plenty of ups and downs, including a world title fight in 2009, an OPBF title reign and a Japanese title fight. He was never a world beater, but he was a good, solid professional, who is sadly forgotten just over a decade since his last fight.
Although Masuda is certainly not a major player in the grand scheme of Japanese boxing he is someone who deserves more attention than he gets, and with that in mind let us bring you 5 midweek facts about Takahisa Masuda!
1-Masuda was born on May 24th 1979, the same day as American sporting legends Tracy McGrady, the 7-time NBA all star, and former NFL player Kareem McKenzie, himself a 2-time Superbowl winner.
2-As an amateur Masuda went a rather unimpressive 3-2, though rather notably all 3 of his amateur wins were reportedly by stoppage, a rarity in amateur boxing where stoppages aren’t particularly common.
3-Masuda was supposed to get a world title fight in April 2009 against the then WBA Flyweight champion Denakaosan Kaovichit, but the bout fell through due to contractual issues, with reports being that Kaovichit's manager had signed a contract without having permission to do so. As a result Masuda had to wait a further 4 months for his one and only world title bout, which came against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
4-Following his retirement, after losing to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Masuda became a boxing trainer and then opened up his own gym in Ehime, the Masuda Boxing Gym, which became a professional boxing gym earlier this year.
5-Masuda shares his name with an entertainer, also called Takahisa Masuda, who is well known in Japan for his acting and musical work. He's active in the group NEWS and was also in Tegomass, who released a single called "Miso Soup".
Thinking Out East
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