Tsuyoshi Hamada

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Tsuyoshi Hamada
浜田 剛史
Real name Tsuyoshi Hamada
Japanese: 浜田 剛[1][2]
Rated at junior welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality Japanese
Born (1960-11-29) 29 November 1960 (age 54)
Nakagusuku, Okinawa, Japan[3]
Stance southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 21
Wins by KO 19
Losses 2
No contests 1

Tsuyoshi Hamada (浜田 剛史 Hamada Tsuyoshi?, born November 29, 1960) is a retired Japanese professional boxer who is a former WBC world junior welterweight champion.


Hamada was born in Nakagusuku, Okinawa,[3] and began boxing at the age of fifteen. He won the Japan's inter-high school championship in the featherweight division in 1978.[4][5] He had an amateur record of 37–6 (28 KOs).[3]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Having turned professional in 1979, he made his debut under his real name Tsuyoshi Hamada, written as 浜田 剛,[1][2] in Tokyo on May 21. His ring name was changed into 浜田 剛史, pronounced the same, in 1983.

Hamada fractured his left hand four times since 1981,[6] and received bone grafting twice. Then, he was not able to fight for two years. Hanging his left arm with a triangular bandage, he hit a punching bag only with his right fist.[1] In 1984, after two away matches in Los Angeles, Hamada fought against the former WBA world lightweight champion Claude Noel to knock him out in the fourth round at the Korakuen Hall on September 9. He gained the Japanese lightweight title on December 2 of that year. In 1985, after setting a Japanese record of fifteen consecutive knockout wins,[7] he also captured the OPBF lightweight title in Naha, Okinawa, in the next fight on July 7. However, as he had damaged the meniscus of his right knee before that match,[8] his boxing career was interrupted again. Originally Hamada excelled in the left cross, but during a long period that he underwent medical treatment for his fist injury, he intensively practiced the right hook which brought him a championship belt.[4]

On July 24, 1986, Hamada moved up in weight division and knocked out René Arredondo who exceeded him four inches respectively in height and reach,[9] in the first round to gain the WBC world junior welterweight title.[7][10] In his first defense on December 2 of that year, he beat Ronnie Shields who had 270 amateur fights including a victory over Thomas Hearns,[6] by a split decision.[11] On July 22, 1987, he rematched Arredondo in his second defense where he lost the title via a sixth round technical knockout.[12][13] Those three world title matches were all held at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, and one million spectators attended each of them.[14] He aimed at the recapture of the title, but opted for the retirement, because his right knee injury did not recover and because Arredondo had been no longer a champion after the failure of his first defense.[8]

Personal life and post-retirement[edit]

The following anecdote shows the strength of his intention. Three months before the fight for the world title in 1986, a meniscus injury which requires a surgery was discovered as a result of the arthroscopy of his right knee. Although Hamada was aware that the anesthetic effect would not persist, he asked a doctor to do it immediately and had surgery without complaining of a pain. As of twenty years after retirement, his knee still aches. "My body is always painful. I recognize being painful is my body, so I am all right," Hamada says with smile.[15]

Currently Hamada is a commentator of the boxing broadcast on Nippon Television[16] and WOWOW.[17] He monthly writes a review which analyzes the world's leading boxers for the Japanese boxing magazine Boxing Beat,[18] and is also the representative director of the company that manufactures and sells health foods and supplements. Since March 14, 2007, he is the representative of the Teiken Promotions that is a relevant organization to the Teiken Boxing Gym to which he had belonged during his career as a boxer.[7]

The main protagonist of the manga Hajime no Ippo, Makunouchi Ippo is loosely based on Hamada.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Masahiro Miyazaki (January 15, 2000). "浜田剛史〜初回KOでタイトル強奪の強打者〜". In Boxing Magazine editorial department. The Glorious Moments 究極の栄光・世界チャンピオン名鑑 – 日本ボクシング史に輝く41人の男たち. B.B.mook; 117, sports series; No.72 (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd. pp. 66–67. ISBN 978-4-583-61076-4. 
  2. ^ a b Japan Pro Boxing Association, ed. (June 1, 2008). "世界王者アーカイヴス (World Champion Archives)" (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Japan Pro Boxing Association. Retrieved November 24, 2009.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ a b c Baseball Magazine Sha 2002, p. 297.
  4. ^ a b Boxing Magazine editorial department, ed. (March 1, 2004). "浜田剛史". 日本プロボクシングチャンピオン大鑑 (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd. p. 53. ISBN 978-4-583-03784-4. 
  5. ^ Boxing Magazine editorial department (with Japan Boxing Commission, Japan Pro Boxing Association), ed. (April 30, 2004). "アマチュア・レコード – 全日本高等学校選手権大会 第32回". 日本ボクシング年鑑2004 (Japan Boxing Year Book 2004) (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd. p. 203. ISBN 978-4-583-03799-8. 
  6. ^ a b Baseball Magazine Sha 2002, p. 256.
  7. ^ a b c Hisao Adachi (March 15, 2007). "¡Hamada asume cargo en Teiken Promotion!" (in Spanish). NotiFight.com. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Seiichi Ashizawa (June 31, 1993). ボクシング写真画報. World Boxing (in Japanese) (Tokyo, Japan: Nippon Sports Publishing Co., Ltd.) (special issue): pp. 136–137.  Check date values in: |date= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  9. ^ UPI (July 24, 1986). "Sports in brief – Boxing". Point Pleasant Register. p. 6. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Champ goes down". Toronto Star. July 25, 1986. p. F8. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ UPI (December 3, 1986). "Welterweight champ wins". Ottawa Citizen. p. D8. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mexican reclaims WBC title". Toronto Star. July 23, 1987. p. D9. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  13. ^ AP (July 23, 1987). "Arredondo regains title". Ocala Star-Banner. p. 2C. Retrieved January 5, 2011. 
  14. ^ Baseball Magazine Sha 2002, p. 256–257.
  15. ^ Akio Sato (sports journalist) (June 14, 2010). “ラストサムライ”の意志力 (in Japanese). akiosato.blog. Retrieved February 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ "NTV BOXING PROGRAM ダイナミック・グローブ – 解説・実況アナ紹介" (in Japanese). Nippon Television. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ ボクシング「エキサイトマッチ」|出演者紹介 (in Japanese). WOWOW. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ ボクシング「エキサイトマッチ」|浜田剛史の世界トップ選手ウォッチ (in Japanese). WOWOW. Retrieved August 14, 2010. 


  • Boxing Magazine editorial department, ed. (May 31, 2002). 日本プロボクシング史 世界タイトルマッチで見る50年 (Japan Pro Boxing History – 50 Years of World Title Bouts) (in Japanese). Tokyo, Japan: Baseball Magazine Sha Co., Ltd. pp. 256–257, 297. ISBN 978-4-583-03695-3. 

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Preceded by
René Arredondo
WBC Junior Welterweight Champion
July 24, 1986–July 22, 1987
Succeeded by
René Arredondo