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Yamapi punches up a show in front of 12 boxing champions and 1000 fans

14:04 JST February 8, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Japanese former and current boxing champions at the Ashita no Joe event (photo thanks to Mainichi Shimbun Digital)

Tomohisa Yamashita (25) delighted fans and impressed world champions as he put on a boxing show at an event for his upcoming movie “Ashita no Joe” in Tokyo on February 7, reports Oricon, Mainichi Shimbun Digital, and CinemaCafe.net.

A “Champion Carnival” was held at Korakuen Hall, the holy land of boxing in Japan.  The venue commonly appears in the original “Ashita no Joe” manga series.  Twelve new and old boxing world champions joined Yamashita and his movie’s cast inside the boxing ring, where Yamashita showed off his boxing skills.  Despite the fact filming had finished six months ago, the pop star managed to punch mitts non-stop for three minutes.

“This was a privilege.  I’m sorry to have shown these world champions something that isn’t worthy of them, but I put everything I had into boxing, grew to love it, and I trained every day.

“‘Ashita no Joe’ is truly a movie that everyone put their heart and soul into,” Yamashita said.

It has been reported current WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama said he was surprised Yamashita could punch so much in three minutes.  Former WBC and WBA champion Koichi Wajima (67) said he was impressed with Yamashita’s form.

“What’s important in boxing isn’t training your muscles for strength, but for speed.  But it’s harder to get your muscles into shape for speed so you did a good job,” he said.

When Wajima had been told Yamashita had only trained for four months, he gasped out, “what, really!?” in surprise.

Former WBA super flyweight champion Satoshi Iida (41) and former WBA super bantam weight champion Osamu Satoru (34) said real training probably helped bring out reality in the movie.

“I could tell it as soon as I saw Yamashita-kun’s body.  Even a real boxer would say he had a boxer’s body,”  Iida said.

“Yamashita-kun and Iseya-kun had the right bodies because they did some real training.  It was really, really amazing,” Satoru said.

Yamashita’s co-star Teruyuki Kagawa (45), who plays Joe’s trainer in the film, said he wanted to more Ashita no Joe action.

“(Yamashita’s boxing) got my adrenaline pumping.  I hope there’ll be a sequel!”

The movie “Ashita no Joe” is based on the manga series written by Takamori Asao and drawn by Tetsuya Chiba, which was published as a series from 1968 to 1973.  To date, more than 20 million copies of the manga have been sold.  The manga has already been turned into an anime series, which ran once in the 1970s, again in the 1980s, and has also been made into to anime movies in 1980 and 1981.

The live action movie will open in Japanese cinemas on February 11 with Hikaru Utada’s “Show Me Love (Not A Dream)” as the movie’s theme song.

Yusuke Iseya and Karina are joined by boxing champions at the Ashita no Joe event (photo thanks to Mainichi Shimbun Digital)

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  1. 22:56 JST February 9, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    This was a privilege. I’m sorry to have shown these world champions something that isn’t worthy of them, but I put everything I had into boxing, grew to love it, and I trained every day.

    He is always so humbled. I love him! Wonderful idol.
    Thanks Momo chan

    • 23:24 JST February 9, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      @kishi:

      Yamapi’s so kind XD

      Thanks for coming by again!

      Momo xoxo

  1. 19:03 JST February 8, 2011 at 7:03 PM

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