Sports
16.4k readers

Famous Boxers from Japan

Updated June 14, 2019 16.4k views40 items

List of famous boxers from Japan, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. Japan has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best Japanese boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of Japan and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from Japan then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list contains boxers like Yasutsune Uehara and Akinobu Hiranaka.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Japanese boxers?" and "Which boxers are from Japan?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented Japanese boxers to find some new athletes to watch.
Photo:
...more
  • Fighting Harada1

    BirthplaceSetagaya, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight, Bantamweight

    Masahiko Harada (born April 5, 1943), better known as Fighting Harada, is a former world... more on Wikipedia

    More Fighting Harada 

    #99 of 178 The Best Boxers of All Time#29 of 52 The Best Boxers of the 1960s

  • Masao Ohba2

    Masao Ohba

    Dec. at 24 (1949-1973)

    BirthplaceSumida, Tokyo, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    Masao Ohba (大場 政夫, October 21, 1949 – January 25, 1973) was a professional boxer from Tokyo,... more on Wikipedia
  • Yoshio Shirai3

    Yoshio Shirai

    Dec. at 80 (1923-2003)

    BirthplaceArakawa, Tokyo, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    Yoshio Shirai (白井 義男, November 23, 1923 – December 26, 2003) was a professional boxer from... more on Wikipedia
  • 4

    BirthplaceHitachi, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFeatherweight, Super featherweight

    Kuniaki Shibata (柴田 国明, born March 29, 1947 in Hitachi, Japan) is a former Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • 5

    BirthplaceAwano, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLightweight

    Yuji Suzuki (鈴木 有二, Yūji Suzuk, born 5 June 1949), known as Guts Ishimatsu (ガッツ 石松, Gatsu... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    BirthplaceOkinawa Prefecture, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLight flyweight

    Katsuo Tokashiki (渡嘉敷 勝男, born July 27, 1960 in Okinawa, Japan) is a Japanese former WBA Light... more on Wikipedia
  • 7

    BirthplaceYaese, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLight welterweight

    Akinobu Hiranaka (平仲 明信, born Nobuaki Hiranaka, on November 14, 1963) is a former world... more on Wikipedia
  • 8

    Yasuei Yakushiji

    Age: 51

    BirthplaceTsukumi, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionBantamweight

    Yasuei Yakushiji (薬師寺保栄, Yakushiji Yasuei, born July 22, 1968, in Tsukumi, Ōita, Japan) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Satoshi Shimizu

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceSoja, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Satoshi Shimizu (清水 聡, Shimizu Satoshi, born March 13, 1986 in Okayama) is a Japanese... more on Wikipedia
  • Takefumi Sakata10

    Takefumi Sakata

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceAki District, Hiroshima, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    Takefumi Sakata (坂田健史, Sakata Takefumi, born January 29, 1980 in Aki District, Hiroshima... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    Katsunari Takayama

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionMinimumweight

    Katsunari Takayama (高山 勝成, Takayama Katsunari, born May 12, 1983) is a Japanese former... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    Kōki Kameda

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceOsaka, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight, Light flyweight, Bantamweight

    Kōki Kameda (亀田 興毅, Kameda Kōki, born November 17, 1986) is a Japanese former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • Daisuke Naito13

    BirthplaceToyoura, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFlyweight

    Daisuke Naito (内藤 大助, Naitō Daisuke, born August 30, 1974) is a former professional boxer from... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Hiroshi Kawashima

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceTokushima, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionSuper flyweight

    Hiroshi Kawashima (Japanese: 川島 郭志; born March 27, 1970) is a former professional boxer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Joichiro Tatsuyoshi

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceKurashiki, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionBantamweight

    Joichiro Tatsuyoshi (辰吉丈一郎, Tatsuyoshi Jōichirō, born May 15, 1970) is a former World Boxing... more on Wikipedia
  • 16

    Koichi Wajima

    Age: 76

    BirthplaceHokkaido, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLight middleweight

    Koichi Wajima (輪島 功一, born 21 April 1943) is a retired Japanese professional boxer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    BirthplaceIbaraki, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionSuper flyweight

    Celes Kobayashi (セレス小林, born Shoji Kobayashi, October 6, 1974) is a former professional boxer... more on Wikipedia
  • 18

    Masashi Kudo

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceGojome, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLight middleweight

    Masashi Kudo (工藤 政志, born August 24, 1951 in Akita, Japan) is a former professional boxer. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    Hideki Todaka

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceMiyazaki, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionSuper flyweight, Bantamweight

    Hideki Todaka (戸高 秀樹, born March 16, 1973 in Miyazaki, Japan) is a former professional boxer... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Shozo Saijo

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceKawaguchi, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionFeatherweight

    Shozo Saijo (西城 正三, born January 28, 1947) is a former professional boxer from Saitama, Japan.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Hideyuki Ohashi

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceYokohama, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionMinimumweight

    Hideyuki Ohashi (大橋 秀行, born March 8, 1965, in Yokohama) is a Japanese former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Takanori Hatakeyama

    Age: 44

    BirthplaceAomori, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionLightweight, Super featherweight

    Takanori Hatakeyama (畑山隆則, Hatakeyama Takanori, born July 28, 1975 in Aomori, Japan) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Toshiaki Nishioka

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceKakogawa, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionSuper bantamweight

    Toshiaki Nishioka (西岡 利晃, Nishioka Toshiaki, born July 25, 1976) is a Japanese former... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Hiroki Ioka

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceSakai, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionMinimumweight, Light flyweight

    Hiroki Ioka (井岡 弘樹, born January 8, 1969, in Sakai, Osaka, Japan) is a former Lineal & WBC... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Yōsuke Nishijima

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceSaitama, Japan

    NationalityJapan

    Weight DivisionCruiserweight

    Yōsuke "Yōsukezan" Nishijima (西島 洋介, Nishijima Yōsuke, born May 15, 1973) is a Japanese... more on Wikipedia