Following the recent news of Iwao Hakamada's release from prison the WBC, who have been part of the "Free Hakamada Now" campaign, have issues a statement saying they will give Hakamada an honorary WBC world title.
This move comes after a similar case in the US of a fighter called Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Carter, like Hakamada, had his freedom taken away from him for a heinous crime that he likely didn't commit. Carter's case is, at least in the west, a notable one with a movie, a book and a number of songs written about it.
Whilst Hakamada's case may not be as well known as Carters by many in the west it's an equally upsetting story, if not more so. Hakamada was beaten for his confession, spent almost 50 years on death row and spent much of that time with little to know contact with others.
Although the green and gold belt of the WBC will do nothing to bring back the more than 40 years of wasted time Hakamada has suffered in prison it is great to see the boxing community supporting on of it's own.
The title is expected to be handed to Hakamada on the April 6th at the upcoming Ohashi show dubbed "Ring of Diamonds".
(Courtesy of the Free Hakamada Now! campaign)
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