If you’re a kickboxing or K-1 fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Masato (魔裟斗).
Masato Kobayashi is a former K-1 World Max Tournament Champion. He won the event twice, first time in 2003 and the second time in 2008.
He was also the runner up in the K-1 Max in 2004 and 2007, and is largely considered to be Japan’s greatest Kickboxer.
He started boxing when he was 15, but upon failing to test for the pro card, he left the boxing gym… and later stepped into a Kickboxing gym called Fuji Gym (when he was 17) for one reason:
To use it in street fighting…
He turned pro when he turned 18, and during his career fought under the All Japan Kickboxing Federation, ISKF (International Sport Karate Association), International World Muay Thai (1 bout) and the K-1 all as a welterweight / super welterweight.
In 2000 he started his own fight team called “Silver Wolf” and in 2002 participated in the K-1 Max tournament.
His biggest fights were probably against Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Por. Pramuk, and the Dutch Shootboxer Andy Souwer (fighting out of the world famous Meijiro Gym – Amsterdam).
He lost to both Buakaw (in the K-1 World Max 2004 finals) and Souwer (twice, in K-1 World Max 2006 and K-1 World Max 2007 finals).
However, he avenged the loss to Buakaw in the K-1 World Max 2007 tournament (which Souwer ended up winning).
He also avenged his two losses to Andy Souwer in his retirement fight, the Dynamite!! 2009 event, by a unanimous decision.
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