The name Hidekazu Akai may be recognisable to some hardcore fans from the 1980's. The Japanese warrior, dubbed "The Rocky of Naniwa", Compiled a 19-2 (16) record between 1980 and 1985 with the highlight of his career being a 1983 world title fight against Bruce Curry, a bout that ended with Curry being stopped in round 7.
Although Akai's career came to an end before he got the chance to fulfill his promise, ending in 1985 following a brain hemmorhage, he was a popular fighter who had excited fans in Japan.
Now, 30 years after Hidekazu's his last fight, his son is set to make his mark on the amateur ranks.
The 20 year old Eigoro Akai is scheduled to compete on October 13th as part of the All Japan amateur championships. It's fair to say that if he manages to have anywhere near the success that his father had then he'll end up having a solid career.