The iconic Tatsuyoshi was a man who helped revitalise Japanese boxing during a 20 year career that saw him run up a 20-7-1 (14) record. On paper his record wasn't the most impressive, but what he did for Japanese boxing was remarkable and he really did bring in a whole new generation of fighters from the Land of the Rising Sun and was a former 2-time world champion with notable wins against Greg Richardson, Victor Rabanales, Sirimongkol Singwancha, Paulie Ayala and Saen Sor Ploenchit.
Blessed with natural charisma and character whilst fighting in a unique, exciting style Tatsuyoshi inspired many of the top Japanese fighters of the last decade, including the likes of the Kameda's, Hozumi Hasegawa and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The interest in Tatsuyoshi has continued long after his last fight, back in 2009, and that interest now follows his son, unbeaten prospect Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) [辰吉寿].
That same interest is part of the theme of the upcoming movie will which be released in February and will be a look back over the last 20 years in Tatsuyoshi's life, featuring interviews from 1995 to 2014.
For those interested in knowing more about the movie the official website is here http://www.joe-tomorrow.com whilst we have featured the trailer below.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)