Joichiro Tatsuyoshi

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Name: Joichiro Tatsuyoshi
Born: 1970-05-15
Hometown: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Birthplace: Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 165cm
Reach: 173cm
Pro Boxer: Record


Joichiro Tatsuyoshi was born on May 15, 1970 in Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. It seemed that from the moment he was born, he destined be a fighter. His father(who named Joichiro after Joe Yabuki, the main character of the boxing anime & manga, Ashita no Joe) was a boxing fan and began training his son while still a toddler. After middle school, Tatsuyoshi moved to Osaka to begin his career, working part-time at restaurants as means to make money. At 17 he won the Japanese Amatuer Bantamweight Championship, becoming eligible for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Unfortunately, Tatsuyoshi would lose in the qualifier and miss out on the Olympics in what would be his only amatuer loss. His record as an amatuer was 18-1-0.

Despite the loss, Joichiro was still viewed by the Japanese media as a prospect with real potential. Turning pro the following year with a 2 round stoppage of Sang Myon Chol of Korea, Joichiro claimed the national Japanese Bantamweight title from Shigeru Okabe in just his fourth professional fight. He would never defend that title as he vacated it to focus on the world title. One draw against Abraham Torres of Venezuela and a 10 round decision over Filipino fighter Rey Paciones later, he would earn his chance to win the title in September of 1991 against then WBC Bantamweight Champion, Greg Richardson.


Richardson had already been a professional for 9 years and was classed as one of the elite Bantamweights on the planet. A relatively recent champion, he had won the title 7 months earlier in February against Mexico's Raul Perez, and had already defended the title once against Victor Rabanales also of Mexico(And future opponent of Joichiro). Going into the fight, Tatsuyoshi had a record of 6-0-1 with 5 KOs, a very inexperienced record compared to Richardson's 29-4-0 with 4 KOs, that experience difference didn't matter at all in the fight as Tatsuyoshi battered Richardson, forcing him to quit at the end of the 10th round(a round where Tatsuyoshi hurt Richardson badly in the final seconds, and caused the arena to get so loud, the referee Tony Perez didn't hear the bell ringing to signal the end of the round)and crowning Joichiro Tatsuyoshi the new WBC Bantamweight Champion.


By becoming the new champion at 7-0-1, Joichiro had become the fastest Japanese fight to win a world title. A record previously held by former WBA Light Flyweight Champion Yoko Gushiken. However while training for his first defense, he suffered a torn retina, forcing him out of commission for a whole year. During his time off, Victor Rabanales(who was mentioned earlier)had become the WBC's Interim Champion by beating Korea's Yong-Hoon Lee. When Tatsuyoshi returned, Rabanales would be his first opponent. In the early rounds, Joichiro looked like his usual self, landing good shots on Victor, but Rabanales would give as good as he got by banging Tatsuyoshi's body. By the middle rounds, Joichiro was starting to feel the effects of Victor's body attack. Know this, the Mexican started to turn up the heat, battering the Japanese fighter until finally the towel was thrown in to stop fight, making Tatsuyoshi lose not only his first fight, but his world title as well. *Work in Progress*




Preceded by:
Greg Richardson
WBC Bantamweight Champion
1991 Sep 19 – 1992 Sep 17
Succeeded by:
Victor Rabanales
Preceded by:
Sirimongkol Singwancha
WBC Bantamweight Champion
1997 Nov 22 – 1998 Dec 29
Succeeded by:
Veeraphol Sahaprom