Yusuke Kobori has certainly made Japan proud. He is a professional orthodox boxer from Japan and has recently been proclaimed the WBA Lightweight champion on May 19, 2008. This victory made Kobori the third Japanese lightweight world champion and the first since fellow Japanese boxer, Takanori Hatakeyama, in the year 2000.
Kobori debuted as a professional boxer on February 19, 2000. He lives and trains in his home country, Japan. Since his professional debut, Kobori has garnered the following positions and ratings: (1) No. 7 in the WBC Super Featherweight division on March 2008 and (2) holds the WBA Lightweight championship title on May 2008.
At the young age of 28 years old, Kobori has been described as a robust and heavy-handed fighter. He has proven to be a great boxer after having sparred extensively with the knockout artist, Edwin Valero. At 130 pounds, Yusuke was a Japanese and Orient champion.
Kobori’s fighting style is described to be that of a good body puncher. This should be very good for Kobori if he were not hittable. He is a great contender for his fellow Japanese boxers but now that he has moved up a weight division, he is facing heavier boxers, notably Jose Alfaro. For Kobori, fighting with Alfaro would be fighting with someone who punches heavier than he has ever met in a boxing match.
Winning the WBA Lightweight Championship was a challenge for Yusuke Kobori. It was against then-WBA lightweight title holder Jose Alfaro. The fight for the WBA Lightweight title was quite challenging for the two players. Both had each of their own advantages. Kobori had the homecourt advantage as the fight was held in Japan but Alfaro had the advantage of winning the title in Germany. In the end, both players were severely tested and Yusuke Kobori was proclaimed the victor and the new title holder.