January 28, 2021
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Former WBC 122-pound titleholder Kazuo ‘Royal’ Kobayashi dead at 71

Former WBC 122-pound titleholder Kazuo ‘Royal’ Kobayashi dead at seventy one

Kazuo Kobayashi prices Alexis Arguello all over their 1975 WBA featherweight title bout. image / Bettmann collection / Getty photos
by using Daisuke Sugiura

Former 122-pound titleholder Kazuo “Royal” Kobayashi become pronounced lifeless on November 17 at a clinic in Kumamoto, Japan, despite the fact, his dying, on the age of seventy one after dropping a fight with melanoma, turned into now not printed except December eight.

Kobayashi celebrates successful the WBC 122-pound belt by using stopping Rigoberto Riasco in 1976. photograph via The Asahi Shimbun by means of Getty pictures

Kobayashi changed into an international-class featherweight and junior featherweight all the way through the 1970s.

After collaborating within the 1972 Munich Olympics, Kobayashi became knowledgeable in 1973. With an exceptional punching vigor, he scored eleven consecutive KOs following his 2d professional bout and bought the nickname of “KO maker”.

On October 9, 1976, he received the WBC tremendous bantamweight title with an eighth-circular stoppage of Panamanian Rigoberto Riasco. Kobayashi became regarded as a savior within the eastern boxing world at a time when the nation had no important world titleholders.

His reign didn’t ultimate long, as he lost his title to Korea’s striking Dong Kyun Yum by the use of majority determination in Seoul simply 46 days after successful it. although, his career is described by means of his bold stands in opposition t the most fulfilling featherweights of his period. Kobayashi challenged Alexis Arguello, Wilfredo Gomez and Eusebio Pedroza, all of whom would later be inducted into the foreign Boxing hall of fame, in losing efforts.

After retiring in 1981 with a superb list of 35-eight (27 KOs), Kobayashi worked as a coach at the Yokohama Hikari gymnasium after which again to his hometown of Kumamoto greater than ten years ago.

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