Fighting Harada 55(22)-7(2)-0 Turning pro at 16, Masahiko had virtually no amateur career. He was a young prodigy in Japan, and he learnt his trade on the way up. His explosive talent at flyweight led to early wins over an equally young Hiroyuki Ebihara - a great fighter in his ownr right; one who'd make my top fifteen flyweights; but not a great win due to where Ebihara was in his career (think Duran-Marcel or Johnson-Choynski) - and led to a title winning effort vs near-ATG, Pone Kingpetch. In a performance which rivals any at flyweight in terms of viciousness and devastation, Harada beat Kingpetch in the eleventh. Kingpetch did what he tended to, and won a close, controversial decision in a rematch. After the loss, Harada moved up to bantamweight. At first, it was likely viewed as unsuccessful, given his knockout loss to counter-punching wizard Jose Medel came in his first six months of fighting at 118. Shortly after, he beat the third member of the 'Three Crows', Katsutoshi Aoki, in a short rendition of world war three. After taking Aoki's 'megaton' punch (Ebihara had his' razor' punch), Harada flatlined him with a real peach of an overhand right. After earning his title shot at bantamweight, he grabbed it with both hands, vs the undeniable legend and ring immortal, Eder Jofre. Harada won a close, but clear, decision over Jofre in Japan. After winning the title, you'd expect a soft touch before a rematch maybe but no, Harada fought the then British and Commonwealth champion, Alan Rudkin. Harada won a close decision, which is pretty controversial - but no shame there, as Al' is one of the best BW contenders ever, and one tough mutha****er. He beat Jofre in a rematch, Medel in a rematch, and then beat another historically great contender in Bernardo Caraballo before dropping a decision to a Lionel Rose to relinquish his title. Despite only being 24 at this point, Harada had been fading quite quickly, and it shows in the amount of hard fights he had vs elite opposition. The wars with Jofre, Medel, Rudkin, etc; had started to take their toll, and like both Jofre before and Rose thereafter, the constant struggle of dragging their growing bodies down to 118 to was hurting their performances. After Harada lost, he moved up to featherweight in search of another Aussie talent. He found one; Johnny Famechon. Fammo was a very talented fighter, but in his first fight with Harada, he got awful lucky. The bias referee, Willie Pep, was calling KDs slips for Harada and slips KDs for Fammo. The decision was embarrassing and the bias for Fammo was so obvious with Pep being friends with his dad, that's it embarrassing. The rematch was a clean win, but a tainted one given that Harada was pretty much done by that point. Overall, Harada's career is legendary. He was undisputed champ, having beaten genuinely great fighters for their titles, in two historically deep divisions - and was robbed of being the only man to win the flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight titles - not to mention a win over a high quality fighter. His wins over Kingpetch, Medel, Caraballo and Rudkin are excellent, especially Medel and Kingpetch, but his wins over Jofre are legendary. Being the best bantamweight and flyweight in two very, very stacked divisions, is very impressive IMO. If we're talking numbers, I'd likely have Harada around forty at flyweight, top five at bantam, and as highly ranked as top thirty, pound-for-pound.