For the second week in a row we're going to look at a Gym as part of our Did you know series, this time a much newer gym and one which has only really been making it's mark on the sport over the last decade or so. Despite being newer it has quickly built a reputation for its self as a very good gym which can attract top amateurs and looks like it will go one to develop a number of future world champions in the coming years.
This week we look at the World Sport Boxing Gym in this week's Did you Know...
-The gym was set up by former Japanese amateur standout Tatsuya Saida. Although not a big name outside of Japan Saida racked up an excellent record of 108-19 (40) before becoming a trainer at the International Boxing Sports Gym.
-The gym was founded in 2005 when Saida left the International Boxing Sports Gym to go independent, and was joined by Kinji Amano and Prosper Matsuura, who both became trainers at the gym.
-Interestingly Tatsuya Saida wasn't the only member of the family involved in business. Saida's parents own Sanyo Paper Industry Co., Ltd. With Saida's father being the president of the company. They produce things like boxes and packaging.
-The gym's first champion was Takuya Mitamura, who won the Japanese Minimumweight title in 2011
-The gym managed to sign trainer Toshiyuki Fujiwara in 2012, securing the services of the 2006 Eddie Townsend Award Winner.
-The gym has had a single world champion so far, with that being Naoko Shibata, a former IBF female Light Flyweight champion
-Whilst the gym is a boxing gym is also serves as a fitness gym and has several other interesting things happening there. This includes a yoga class, a public bath and a sauna. They also work with a Osteopathic therapist, which is on the first floor of the gym.
-In 2007, 2009 and 2012 the Gym had the highest winning rate of any gym in Japan, something very impressive given the gym was only founded less than a decade earlier!
-In the last few years the Gym has quickly become a major player on the Japanese domestic scene, thanks to the development of Takeshi Inoue and Kazuto Takesako, who have both unified domestic and regional titles.
Thinking Out East
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