September 23, 2014


You love me, and I love you. You donft like me, and I donft like you. Therefs only a fine line between love and hatred. WBC female flyweight champ Go Shindo (14-2, 9 KOs) of Japan perennially had a managerial problem with her mentor/manager/promoter Tetsuya Harada of Kuratoki Boxing Club, and finally moved to Green Tsuda Gym last Thursday (September 18). Although Harada taught her how to box and cultivated her to a world championship, what she returned to him was shamefully hatred and ingratitude. The WBC ordered Shindo and its official challenger Arley Mucino of Mexico to face in a mandatory defense and declared a purse bidding to be held between both parties in the end of July. On July 25, Harada (not Fighting Harada) announced that he has no intention to participate in the purse offer and Shindofs belt would be renounced to the WBC through the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). The story wasnft over then and there. Shindo flew to Mexico City with her attorney to claim her reinstatement to the president Mauricio Sulaiman in August, and the WBC accepted her intention to keep her belt and fight Mucino in Mexico in October.

Unfortunately Shindo wasnft square as she had suffered Gender Identity Disorder (GID) for a long time since she was a junior high school student. Standing 5f6h, she has a muscular and athletic physique so that she had played well in various sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, etc. prior to her entry into the paid ranks.

Kuratoki Promotionsf financial supports successfully led Shindo to the WBC flyweight belt as she could fight and dethrone Hungarian defending champ Renata Szebeledi by a unanimous decision (all 100-90) in her native Wakayama city in May of the previous year. But a split between them became so wide and deep that they had to separate each other.

It was a very sad story. Though Harada booked her many times to cultivate her and produce an opportunity for Shindo to win the world belt, she betrayed her long-time manager/promoter like this. She must have something to say against Harada, and he will also have something to insist on. But it was true that Shindo dumped her long-time mentor and left his wing.

gIfll produce a world champion again,h gloomily says Harada. Supposedly it might be a money problem that separated them. In Japan, or in any other countries, the female boxing stays terrible and miserable, having earned only a peanut except some superstars such as Mariana Juarez, Ana Maria Torres, Jackie Nava, Susi Kentikian, etc. gItfs hard to sell and distribute tickets even of male boxing, and whofll on earth buy tickets to see female boxers?h Thatfs true as female boxingfs popularity and status here have dropped down to the earth.

Probably Shindo or her family expected more income as a world champ, but under such circumstances here and in such a local place as Wakayama, Harada couldnft afford to financially satisfy her desire for fame and fortune.

Japan has adopted a boxing club system long since 1912 when Yujiro Watanabe opened the historically first gym here to coach and cultivate youngsters after his return from San Francisco where he had campaigns as a four-round boxer for years. Itfs the system that a club owner holds boys or girls as his sons or daughters in a family so that he makes his best efforts to make them champions. Probably Shindo herself doesnft realize the importance of what she did to Harada or to the Japanese boxing world but only pursues her own profit and wealth. Itfs a very sad story between the long-time mentor and the world champ he produced. Shindo doesnft like Harada any longer, and they thus separated each other in such a bitter fashion.


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