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Masamori Tokuyama boxer

Masamori Tokuyama image
Status inactive
Division super flyweight
Height 5′ 7″/170cm
Reach 67″/170cm
Debut 1994-09-19
Born 1974-09-17
Nationality North Korea
Residence Osaka, Osaka, Japan
bouts
36
won
32
lost
3
draw
1
bouts
36
won
32
lost
3
draw
1
Status inactive
Division super flyweight
Height 5′ 7″/170cm
Reach 67″/170cm
Debut 1994-09-19
Born 1974-09-17
Nationality North Korea
Residence Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Because of his affiliation with North Korea and his experience traveling to the country, he had been banned from entering South Korea and the United States. However, he changed his nationality to South Korean in February, 2007. He studied Korean language at Yonsei University in South Korea in March, 2007.Tokuyama was born in Tokyo, Japan as a third generation Zainichi Korean. He made his professional debut in 1994, and challenged the Japanese Flyweight Title twice in 1997, but was unsuccessful both times. He won the vacant OPBF Super Flyweight Title in 1999, and defended it twice. His first world title match was against South Korean fighter In-Joo Cho in 2000, whom he beat by unanimous decision over 12 rounds, becoming the first North Korean to win a boxing world title. He defended his WBC and Lineal Super Flyweight titles eight times before suffering a stunning 1st-round knockout loss to Katsushige Kawashima in 2004. Tokuyama returned after a one-year lay-off to fight Kawashima on July 18, 2005. Tokuyama was knocked down in the last round, but dominated Kawashima for the rest of the fight, regaining his title by a 3-0 decision. He defended his title on February 27, 2006, beating José Navarro by unanimous decision. He relinquished his title after this fight and announced his intention to retire from boxing, but later announced that he would continue his career if he could fight Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC Bantamweight title. Tokuyama finalized his retirement on March 14, 2007, since Hasegawa declined his challenge for the bantamweight title. Tokuyama cited lack of motivation as the major reason for his retirement.

Because of his affiliation with North Korea and his experience traveling to the country, he had been banned from entering South Korea and the United States. However, he changed his nationality to South Korean in February, 2007. He studied Korean language at Yonsei University in South Korea in March, 2007.Tokuyama was born in Tokyo, Japan as a third generation Zainichi Korean. He made his professional debut in 1994, and challenged the Japanese Flyweight Title twice in 1997, but was unsuccessful both times. He won the vacant OPBF Super Flyweight Title in 1999, and defended it twice. His first world title match was against South Korean fighter In-Joo Cho in 2000, whom he beat by unanimous decision over 12 rounds, becoming the first North Korean to win a boxing world title. He defended his WBC and Lineal Super Flyweight titles eight times before suffering a stunning 1st-round knockout loss to Katsushige Kawashima in 2004. Tokuyama returned after a one-year lay-off to fight Kawashima on July 18, 2005. Tokuyama was knocked down in the last round, but dominated Kawashima for the rest of the fight, regaining his title by a 3-0 decision. He defended his title on February 27, 2006, beating José Navarro by unanimous decision. He relinquished his title after this fight and announced his intention to retire from boxing, but later announced that he would continue his career if he could fight Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC Bantamweight title. Tokuyama finalized his retirement on March 14, 2007, since Hasegawa declined his challenge for the bantamweight title. Tokuyama cited lack of motivation as the major reason for his retirement.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Feb. 27, 2006 Jose Navarro WWWLWW Central Gym, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
July 18, 2005 Katsushige Kawashima LWWWWW Central Gym, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 28, 2004 Katsushige Kawashima WWWLWW Arena, Yokohama World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Jan. 3, 2004 Dmitry Kirillov WWLWWW Central Gym, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 23, 2003 Katsushige Kawashima WWWWWW Arena, Yokohama World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 20, 2002 Gerry Penalosa WWLWWW Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Split-decision
Aug. 26, 2002 Erik Lopez LWDLWW Super Arena, Saitama World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Corner retirement
March 23, 2002 Kazuhiro Ryuko WWDWWW Arena, Yokohama World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
KO
Sept. 24, 2001 Gerry Penalosa LWLWWW Arena, Yokohama World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 20, 2001 In Joo Cho WWWWWL Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel, Seoul World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
KO
Dec. 12, 2000 Akihiko Nago WWLWWW Maizu Arena, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 27, 2000 In Joo Cho WWWWWW Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka World Boxing Council World Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
May 20, 2000 Jack Siahaya LLLLLW Osaka OPBF Super Flyweight

WIN
KO
Dec. 13, 1999 Kang-Woong Lee WWWWDL Osaka OPBF Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 17, 1999 Pone Saengmorakot WWWWLW Osaka vacant OPBF Super Flyweight

WIN
Points
June 24, 1999 Tatsuya Imazu WLWWLW Osaka vacant OPBF Super Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
April 19, 1999 Takuya Kiya WWWWWW WIN
Points
Dec. 19, 1998 Hiroki Ioka WLWWLW Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 27, 1998 Katsuhiko Yoshikai DLLLWL Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 25, 1997 Nolito Cabato WWWDWD Osaka Japanese Flyweight

LOSS
TD
Oct. 14, 1997 Katsuhiko Yoshikai LLWDLL Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
June 2, 1997 Roy Tarazona LLLLLW Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
April 5, 1997 Nolito Cabato WWWWWW Osaka Japanese Flyweight

DRAW
Points
Feb. 25, 1997 Ricky Sales LLLDLD Central Gym, Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 25, 1996 Manny Melchor WLWLLL Korakuen Hall Japanese Flyweight

LOSS
Points
Aug. 13, 1996 Randy Mangubat WDWWDL Central Gymnasium, Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
July 17, 1996 Kazumasa Otani WWLLDW Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Feb. 18, 1996 Katsuyuki Kawakami W Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Dec. 16, 1995 Yuya Matoba W Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 29, 1995 Ryohei Morita LWW Nagoya Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 18, 1995 Tadaaki Mekaru L Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Aug. 21, 1995 Mitsushi Kawagishi Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
June 17, 1995 Susumu Fujita Himeji Japanese Flyweight

WIN
KO
Jan. 10, 1995 Shigeru Morimoto Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Dec. 5, 1994 Kimiaki Miyata Japanese Flyweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 19, 1994 Masahiro Ishii Osaka Japanese Flyweight

WIN
KO