Recently we asked on twitter for fighters who fans wanted to see covered in these "10 facts you probably didn't know about..." articles. One of fighters we had requested was Yoko Gushiken, so here are "10 facts you probably didn't know about...Yoko Gushiken".
1-As an amateur Gushiken ran up a 62-3 (50) record
2-Before turning to boxing Gushiken had wanted to play baseball but was turned down by a team due to being too small.
3-Gushiken had a dog that he named after Juan Antonio Guzman, the man he originally beat for the title in 1976.
4-After becoming a world champion in 1976 Gushiken continued to work at a tonkatsu store. In fact he worked there until around the time of his 5th world title defense. His typical shifts were 11am to 3pm and he would typically earn around ¥40,000 a month for his work there.
5-Gushiken was managed by former fighter Masaki Kanehira who opened the Kanehira Gym, which would later become the Kyoei Gym. As a fighter Kanehira had a 15-19-3 (1) record yet his gym would go on to be one of the most significant in Japan
6-Gushiken has revealed on TV that he doesn't like cucumber
7-Gushiken was awarded the equivalent to the Japanese Fighter of the Year award 5 years in a row, form 1976 to 1980
8-"Conquistador" by Maynard Ferguson was his introduction music. The same track was later passed down to his protégé Daigo Higa. This can be heard below in the video on the right.
9-Gushiken was featured in advertising for Okinawa's "730 campaign", which was a a campaign to change the side of the road drivers in Okinawa drove on. The campaign saw Okinawa switch from driving on the right hand side of the road to the left hand side of the road. In the short TV advert he filmed he said something that translates as "People are right, cars are left". This can be seen below in the short video on the left.
10-After retirement Gushiken has become a popular contestant on Japanese quiz shows where he has a reputation for giving humorous, and incorrect answers. Strangely however he has shown an incredible knowledge for Japanese place names and local specialities.
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