Masashi Kudo

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Masashi Kudo
Real name Masashi Kudo
Nickname(s) none
Rated at Light middleweight
Nationality Japan Japanese
Born (1951-08-24) August 24, 1951 (age 65)
Akita, Japan
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 23
Wins by KO 12
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Masashi Kudo (工藤 政志, born August 24, 1951 in Akita, Japan) is a former professional boxer. He was the WBA light middleweight champion from 1978-1979.


Kudo was an amateur wrestler during high school, and only became a professional boxer when he failed to make the Japanese Olympic wrestling team for the 1972 Munich Olympics. He made his professional debut in May, 1973, and won the Japanese middleweight title in his 6th professional fight. He defended the title 8 times before returning it.

In 1978, he moved down to the light middleweight division to challenge Eddie Gazo for the WBA light middleweight title. Kudo won by 15 round split-decision, becoming the second Japanese boxer to capture the light middleweight title since Koichi Wajima.

Kudo defended his title three times from 1978 - 1979 before losing to undefeated challenger Ayub Kalule by unanimous decision for his only professional loss. He announced his retirement after the fight at only 28 years of age. His record was 23-1-0 (12KOs).

Kudo was possibly one of the least technically skilled champions in boxing history. He ended his career without ever throwing a hook or uppercut, relying solely on a jab and straight right. He compensated for his lack of skill by displaying an enormous amount of stamina and strength, and retired without suffering a single knockdown.

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Preceded by
Eddie Gazo
WBA light middleweight champion
August 9, 1978 - October 24, 1979
Succeeded by
Ayub Kalule