|Ring name(s)||Hoshino Kantarō|
|Real name||Yeo Geon-bu|
Hoshino Takeo (Japanese name)
|Billed height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Billed weight||104 kg (230 lb; 16.4 st)|
|Died||2010/11/25 (aged 67)|
Hoshino Takeo (星野 建夫), better known as Hoshino Kantarō (星野 勘太郎 ), was a professional wrestler and promoter. He was a Japanese-born Korean, whose real name was Yeo Geon-bu (Hangul: 여건부; kanji: 呂建夫).
Japan Pro-Wrestling Association
Hoshino was a boxer in high school years and after graduation, he moved to Tōkyō, hoping to be a professional boxer. However, because of his short reach, he gave up his boxing career. Since he was also a fan of Rikidōzan, he joined the Japan Pro-Wrestling Association (JWA) in 1961/10. He debuted against Koma Atsuhide on 1961/12/22 at Riki Sports Palace.
Hoshino was sent to the United States in 1967/1 with Yamamoto Kotetsu. In April, Hoshino ("Great Yamaha") and Yamamoto ("Toki Yamaha") formed the "Yamaha Brothers", named after the motorcycle brand. Hoshino returned to Japan later in the year.
In 1970, Hoshino teamed with Antonio Inoki to participate in the First NWA Tag Team League, defeating Nick Bockwinkel & John Quinn in the final. Hoshino picked this match as the best bout in his own career.
Hoshino went to the United States and Mexico in 1970 and 1973. However, the JWA closed down in 1973 while Hoshino was wrestling in Mexico.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
Hoshino returned to Japan in 1974/1 and joined New Japan Pro-Wrestling, which had just been founded about ten months ago. Yamamoto Kotetsu was already working for New Japan since its start, and together, Hoshino & Yamamoto revived the famous tag team.
After Yamamoto's retirement, he was featured in the junior heavyweight division, usually as a tag team partner of the stars such as Fujinami Tatsumi and Tiger Mask. He was also a member of the New Japan team during an interpromotional feud against the UWF wrestlers.
After the retirement, Hoshino became a promoter in his hometown of Kōbe.
He returned to the ring in 2002/8 as the non-wrestling leader of Makai Club, a heel group. Even after the group dissolved, Hoshino continue to appear on New Japan cards on an irregular basis.
On 2009/2/4, Hoshino was hospitalized. He suffered a stroke and remained to have a speech disorder.
Hoshino passed away due to pneumonia on 2010/11/25.
- ^ a b c d e The Wrestler Best 1000. Nippon Sports Publishing. 1996.
- ^ "小鉄さん急死に、星野勘太郎さん号泣". NikkanSports.com. 2010/8/30.
- ^ "【訃報】星野勘太郎さん逝去". New Japan Pro-Wrestling Official Website. 2010/11/27.