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|Real name||Shoji Kobayashi|
|Rated at||Super flyweight|
October 6, 1974 |
|Wins by KO||14|
He got his ring name, "Celes," from a company he used to work for. "Celes" means "sky" in Portuguese.
He currently lives in Chiba, Japan, with his wife and daughter.
Kobayashi made his debut in April 1992 in the bantamweight division, losing by 4th round decision. He dropped down two weight classes to challenge the Japanese flyweight title in 1997, but sustained an injury in the 3rd round, and was unable to capture the title. He challenged the title again in April 1998, losing by 10 round decision, but finally won the title in September of the same year, winning the decision. He defended the title four times from 1998 to 2000.
In August 2000, Kobayashi made his first attempt at the world title against Malcolm Tunacao for the WBC Flyweight title. The fight was a draw, and the champion, Tunacao, retained the title. Kobayashi made his second try for the world title in March 2001, challenging Leo Gamez for the WBA Super flyweight title. He won by TKO in the 10th round, having dominated Gamez for the entire fight.
Kobayashi made his first defense in September 2001, winning by split decision. He fought Alexander Munoz (undefeated in 21 fights, all won by KO) in March 2002, for his second defense, and lost by TKO in the 8th round to lose his title.
Kobayashi worked briefly as a trainer for his former gym before creating the "Celes Kobayashi Boxing Gym" in Chiba, Japan. He frequently appears as a commentator in Japan for boxing title matches.
|Japanese Flyweight Champion
September 30, 1998 - 2000 (Vacated)
|WBA Super Flyweight Champion
March 11, 2001 - March 9, 2002