Kiyoshi Tanabe

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Kiyoshi Tanabe
Kiyoshi Tanabe, Abdel Moneim El-Guindi, Gyula Török, Sergei Sivko 1960.jpg
Tanabe (left) at the 1960 Olympics
Rated at Flyweight
Height 159 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Born October 10, 1940
Aomori City, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 22
Wins 21
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0
Draws 1

Kiyoshi Tanabe (田辺 清, born October 10, 1940) is a retired Japanese boxer who won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics.[1]


As an amateur Tanabe won a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympics, becoming the first Japanese boxer to win an Olympic medal. His amateur record was 115-5 (30RSC). He made his professional debut in 1963, and won the Japanese flyweight title in 1965, which he defended twice before vacating. In February 1967, he fought WBA flyweight champion Horacio Accavallo in a non-title match, and won by 6th-round TKO.[2]

Tanabe was scheduled to get his first world title shot in July 1967, and expectations heightened around the talented fighter. However, it was discovered that he had suffered a detached retina in his right eye, which forced him into retirement. He had surgery on his right eye, but lost his vision two years later.[citation needed]