Gushiken, Late Oba Make International Boxing Hall


Gushiken, late Oba make International Boxing HallFormer world champions Yoko Gushiken, whose Japanese record of 13 consecutive title defenses still stands, and the late Masao Oba were elected Thursday into International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Gushiken, 59, won the WBA light flyweight title in October 1976 and held onto it for four years, Of his 13 title defenses, nine were by knockout. He retired with record of 23-1 with 15 knockouts.

A native of Okinawa, Gushiken was a hard-punching southpaw who earned the nickname “Fierce Eagle.”

He is currently chairman of the Shirai Gushiken Sports Gym in Tokyo.

The Tokyo-born Oba became the WBA flyweight champion in October 1970 and defended the belt five times.

But in January 1973, at age 23, he died in an automobile accident. He compiled a 35-2-1 record with 16 knockouts.

The pair’s induction in June will bring the total of Japanese members of the Hall to five. Previously elected were Masahiko “Fighting” Harada, who won world titles in two weight classes, fight promoter Joe Koizumi and Teiken Gym chairman and promoter Akihiko Honda.