11 months Big in Japan Manilatimes |Sports
ED C. TOLENTINOIt appears that Japanese boxers have a penchant for making history at the expense of Filipino fighters. In 1952, Yoshio Shirai became Japan’s first world boxing champion when he defeated Filipino-American Dado Marino for the world flyweight (112 lbs.) championship. In 1967, Yoshiaki Numata ended Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde’s unbelievable seven-year reign as world junior lightweight (130 lbs.) king when he walked away with a 15-round decision victory over the Filipino legend.Advertisements
Flash forward to last weekend: Kazuto Ioka became the first Japanese boxer to win world titles in four weight divisions when he stopped Filipino ... more