Former WBA Super Flyweight champion, boxing commentator and founder of Celes Kobayashi Boxing Gym.
He made his professional debut in the bantamweight division in April 1992, and suffered a 4-round decision loss.
His ring name is "Celes", which is Portuguese for "Sky".
He was born and raised in Ibaraki, Japan.
He and Armenian fighter Vic Darchinyan have both been WBA Super Flyweight champions.