Earlier today it was reported that Jitsuo Harada, the chairman of the Harada gym, had passed away yesterday following a battle with esophageal cancer.
Mr Harada started boxing at high school and remained in the sport right through his life, fighting at university before serving as a trainer and then opened up his own gym.
The gym, which was setup the 1980's, brought through a host of noteworthy fighters, including Katsumi Komiyama, who faced Myung Woo Yuh in 1989, Tsuyoshi Harada, Jitsuo's son who challenged the then WBC Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Zaragoza in 1996, and Tetsuya Hisada, who challenged Hiroto Kyoguchi last year.
Sadly Harada fell ill in August and it was found to be cancer. He did receive treatment, though it sadly the illness took his life at the age of 79.
We would like to send our thoughts to the Harada family for their loss.
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