Earlier today Japanese Light Flyweight champion Tetsuya Hisada (29-9-2, 18) [久田 哲也] revealed, through his blog, that there was to be a documentary filmed about his career, and his journey to a potential world title fight. Not only that but that the documentary would, at least in part, be crowd funded with fans able to get various rewards for helping in the production of of the video.
The fighter is asking raise ¥5,400,000 (around £37,700 or $49,000) for the project with various rewards being offers from things like posters and t-shirts to having a logo printed on his gown ahead of his next title defense, which we now know is pencilled in for November.
The project does seem to be really well thought out and already has a promotional video created for it and a number of individuals have aligned themselves with the project, including musicians and a director, with the project seemingly having been planned well ahead of the announcement today.
Given the quality of the trailer, which can be seen below, it's obvious that the planned production is high quality and there is real hope that this could be a genuinely well made documentary from start to end.
Sadly due to the funding website that Hisada has chosen the rewards, for the most part, aren't available to those outside of Japan, but the project as a whole is an interesting one and it's clear that he and his team are looking to raise his profile before the end of 2018, with this project clearly designed to do that. Whether you're in Japan our outside of it, the project does deserve some attention, though we do suspect this sort of thing is becoming a bit too common in boxing recently, with Ohashi Gym and Hyun Mi Choi both doing similar things in recent months.
For those interested in helping fund the project it can be found here: https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/39611
(Image courtesy of Hisada)
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