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Old 07-31-2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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Default does anyone know the 5 greatest boxers from japan?

i was reading about this very colorfull fighter would make a great biography.

his name was susuki ishimatsu, who later changed his name to gutz because he lacked heart during his earlier career and wanted to believe in himself.

he laters became one of the spotty record fighters to win at the champion level with wins over aruro pineda, the very good rudlofo ganzalez and a controvesial but still admirable win over the great ken buchanon.


im sure the great fighting harada would be first but fighters like guts, royal kobayashi and recent fighters like eagle koyama really show the quality level of fighters that have come out of japan.
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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Piston Honda?
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Old 07-31-2007, 09:15 PM   #3
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i was reading about this very colorfull fighter would make a great biography.

his name was susuki ishimatsu, who later changed his name to gutz because he lacked heart during his earlier career and wanted to believe in himself.

he laters became one of the spotty record fighters to win at the champion level with wins over aruro pineda, the very good rudlofo ganzalez and a controvesial but still admirable win over the great ken buchanon.


im sure the great fighting harada would be first but fighters like guts, royal kobayashi and recent fighters like eagle koyama really show the quality level of fighters that have come out of japan.
I'll try a rating

1. Fighting Harada
2. Yoko Gushiken
3. Kuniaki Shibata
4. Hiroyuki Ebihara
5. Yoshio Shirai
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It is widely believed Yoko Gushiken was the greatest Japanese fighter. Masahiko"Fighting" Harada was also very good. Other notables: Eijiro Murata,Yoshio Shirai,Shoji Oguma,Katsuo Tokashiki,Tadashi Tomori,Katsuya Onizuka,Khaosai Galaxy,Masao Ohba, Jiro Watanabe just to name a few.
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It is widely believed Yoko Gushiken was the greatest Japanese fighter. Masahiko"Fighting" Harada was also very good. Other notables: Eijiro Murata,Yoshio Shirai,Shoji Oguma,Katsuo Tokashiki,Tadashi Tomori,Katsuya Onizuka,Khaosai Galaxy,Masao Ohba, Jiro Watanabe just to name a few.
Galaxy is from Thailand.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:29 PM   #6
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It is widely believed Yoko Gushiken was the greatest Japanese fighter.
this poor guy dident even make it into the hof? its a shame how the hall of fame overlooked about 6-8 very good fighters from thailand, korea and japan that should have been inducted years ago
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Gushiken was quite good, but Harada was better and beat better fighters. He definitely gets my vote.
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:38 PM   #8
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he has 2 ko losses to little mac.
but he was still ranked in both the minor and major circuits
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:19 AM   #9
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wrong, he was minor circuit champion and the first opponent on the world circuit.
my mistake

heres a bit of trivia,

who was the boxer from japan in super punch out?
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this poor guy dident even make it into the hof? its a shame how the hall of fame overlooked about 6-8 very good fighters from thailand, korea and japan that should have been inducted years ago
I'm pretty confident that Gushiken will eventually be inducted in the IBHOF. At the rate they're letting some more obscure champions in there, I expect that there's plenty of room for somebody with 13 successful title defenses in four years, who defeated all of his opponents, and rematched three of his challengers who intitially took him the 15 round limit. There must be at least a few voters who viewed his two performances against Rigoberto Marcano on Bass and Lederman's "Calvacade of Boxing" syndicated program years ago.
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