September 21st 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (31-5, 18) vs Yasuharu Yamaguchi (8-5-1, 3)
In September 1998 Japanese Lightweight champion Rick Yoshimura [リック吉村] faced off with Yasuharu Yamaguchi [山口康晴].
February 13th 1999-Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (33-5, 19) vs Kenji Fukunaga (12-6-3, 6)
In 1999 the then Japanese Lightweight champion Rick Yoshimura took on Kenji Fukunaga
November 16th 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (32-5, 19) vs Norio Kimura (11-1, 3)
In 1998 the then Japanese Lightweight champion Rick Yoshimura took on Norio Kimura, in what was Yoshimura's 16th defense of the title. Interestingly in the years that followed this bout both men would go on to fight at world level.
June 15th 1998-Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (30-5-17) vs Andrei Bunta (10-3-5, 6)
Deep in Rick Yoshimura's reign as the Japanese Lightweight champion, in the 1990's, he took on fellow American born Japanese based fighter Andrei Bunta.
June 16th 1997-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (26-5, 14) vs Kazu Arisawa (11-0-1, 9)
In the 1990's Kazu Arisawa was one of the most popular Japanese domestic level fighters, who would fight for domestic gold a few times. His first title fight saw him going up against the excellent Rick Yoshimura, the then Japanese Lightweight king.
December 13th 1993-Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (15-4, 9) vs Hiroyuki Sakamoto (12-0, 10)
In December 1993 Japanese based American Rick Yoshimura looked to make his first defense of the Japanese Lightweight title, taking on the heavy handed Hiroyuki Sakamoto.
February 21st 2000-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (36-5-1, 20) vs Hironari Oshima (11-0, 7)
In early 2000 Japanese based American Rick Yoshimura [リック吉村] took on the unbeaten Hironari Oshima [大嶋宏成], with Yoshimura looking to make his 21st defense of the Japanese Lightweight title.
September 20th 1999-Tokyo, Japan
Rick Yoshimura (35-5, 20) Vs Tadashi Yuba (12-1, 7)
In 1999 Japanese fighter Tadashi Yuba [湯場忠志] had his first title fight as he took on Japanese based American Rick Yoshimura [リック吉村], AKA Frederick Roberts, who was defending the Japanese Lightweight title for the 19th time! Less than 2 years later Yoshimura would fight for a world title. Yuba on the other hand would become a multi-weight Japanese national champion.
February 17th 2001-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Takanori Hatakeyama (24-1-2, 19) vs Rick Yoshimura (38-5-1, 20)
In 2000 Takanori Hatakeyama [畑山隆則] became the WBA Lightweight champion as he stopped Gilberto Serrano. In his second defense of that title he took on Japanese based Frederick Roberts, who was fighting under the name of Rick Yoshimura [リック吉村].
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