The 4 Best Japanese Boxers in History, Number 3 The Undefeated KO Monster
The 4 Best Japanese Boxers in History, Number 3 The Undefeated KO Monster. Photo: Bad Left Hook
JAKARTA – A list of the 4 best Japanese boxers in history is in this article. One of them is Naoya Inoue’s undefeated KO Monster which is currently phenomenal.
Naoya Inoue is currently listed as a Japanese boxer with an undefeated record (24-0, 21 KOs). However, before the era of the Monster KO, there were several Japanese boxers who were considered to have had a major influence on the history of fistfighting in Sakura Country.
The following is a list of the 4 best Japanese boxers in history:
1. Masahiko Harada
Masahiko Harada is a former world boxing champion in the Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions, who has also twice challenged for the Featherweight title. In 2019, Harada became President of the Japan Boxing Association.
Harada is arguably one of the most popular boxers in Japan. He was named the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995. And, is ranked 32nd as the greatest boxer in the last 80 years by Ring magazine.
Yoshio Shirai was born in Tokyo, November 23, 1923. He won the world flyweight title in 1952, becoming the first Japanese boxer to win a world title.
After retiring, Shirai worked as a boxing commentator and critic before founding a boxing gym in 1995 with former world champion Yoko Gushiken. Shirai received an award from the Japanese government in 1995 for his efforts in boxing. He was inducted into the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1977.
3. Naoya Inoue
Naoya Inoue is currently listed as a Japanese boxer with an undefeated record (24-0, 21 KOs). He managed to maintain his undefeated record while unifying three belts after defeating Nonito Donaire in a rematch in Saitama, Tuesday (7/6/2022).
The boxer nicknamed “Monster KO” is a unified bantamweight world champion who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring world titles. At the end of 2021, Inoue was named the best active bantamweight boxer in the world by BoxRec as well as the third best active pound-for-pound boxer in the world by ESPN.
4. Joichiro Tatsuyoshi
Joichiro Tatsuyoshi was born in Okayama, May 15, 1970. He is a former World Boxing Council (WBC) world bantamweight champion with a 20–7–1 record (14 KOs).
He is popular because of his unique fighting style and personality, so he often appears on television shows in Japan. Joichiro also had the honor of being named as the main character of the boxing anime, Ashita no Joe which in English is called Tomorrow’s Joe by Asao Takamori.