In 2014 we were excited by the rise of promising Japanese Lightweight Andy Hiraoka (6-0, 3) [平岡アンディ]. Within 11 months he had gone from debut, in December 2013, to East Japan Rookie of the Year, claiming that crown in November 2014.
Sadly illness forced him out of the all-Japan Rookie of the Year final in December 2014, though many had tipped him to win the crown at the prodigious age of 18.
Following that illness Hiraoka has spent time training in the US and furthering his studies, focusing on more than just his boxing career. Recently he returned to Japan from the US and now his attention seems to have returned to the fight game.
That has seen him transfer to the well regarded Ohashi gym, who will manage his career going forward, including his next bout which is now set for October 3rd, as part of the under-card of Satoshi Hosono's next bout.
Hiraoka return bout will see him fight in a 6 rounder against a Thai foe with the bout being fought just over 141lbs. The hope will surely be for the youngster to show the skills that impressed back in 20144 and use his American training to kick start a career that promise a lot just a couple of years ago.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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