May 6th 1982-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (9-0, 9) vs Fred Galang (1-1-1)
Japan's exciting Hidekazu Akai [赤井英和] , aka the "Rocky of Naniwa" began his career by reeling off stoppage wins. Here we see Akai in his 10th pro bout, facing Indonesian Fred Galang.
June 5th 1984-Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (17-1, 15) vs Kei Tsukada (2-2, 2)
The all action Hidekazu Akai [赤井英和] was a popular fighter in the 1980's in Japan with the hope that the "Rocky of Naniwa" would one day become a world champion. Sadly his career was cut short in 1986 following a bleed on the brain. One of his final fights saw him taking on Kei Tsukada.
December 20th 1983-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (15-1, 13) vs Hammer Itoi (12-6-5, 11)
Japan's exciting Hidekazu Akai [赤井英和] took on fellow puncher Hammer Itoi [ハンマー糸井] in late in 1983.
February 21st 1983-Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (13-0, 12) vs Miharu Muto (12-5-1, 2)
In July 1987 Japan's Hidekazu Akai [赤井英和] took on Bruce Curry in a WBA 140lb title fight. Akai's warm up for that bout came 5 months earlier when he faced Miharu Muto.
September 6th 1982-Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (11-0, 11) vs Changthon Singthanongsakdi (0-7)
Japan's exciting Hidekazu Akai [赤井英和] was one of the most exciting Japanese fighters from the 1980's, with that exciting leading to him earning the nickname of the "Rocky of Naniwa". Here we see Akai battling against Thailand's Changthon Singthanongsakdi.
July 7th 1983- Kinki University Auditorium, Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Hidekazu Akai (14-0, 13) Vs Bruce Curry (32-7, 16)
Japan's hard hitting Hidekazu Akai has become a forgotten man in boxing though he was, at one time, a world title challenger who took on the then WBC 140lb champion Bruce Curry, the brother of the once sensational Don Curry.
Here we include some of the best, most interesting, most exciting or most eye catching videos from around the Asian boxing world.