Former champion and challenger take high ranking places with the Japanese Boxing Federation
Early today at the Japanese Boxing Federation, the amateur equivalent to the Japanese Boxing Commission, announced who the new chairman and general director would be.
The new general director was named as Hidekazu Akai.
Born in 1959 Akai was himself a former fighter in the 1980's where he compiled an excellent 19-2 (16) record. Although not a world champion he did compete at the highest level and challenged Bruce Curry in 1983 for the WBC Light Welterweight title, unfortunately being stopped in the 7th round. Sadly his career was curtailed in 1985 when he was beaten by Masaharu Owada and required a brain operation following a hemorrhage.
The chairman was named as as former WBC Light Flyweight champion Shigeo Nakajima.
Nakajima was himself a professional fighter in the 1970's and early 1980's compiled a 13-5-1 (7) record. As a professional he claimed the WBC Light Flyweight title with a win over South Korean Sung-Jun Kim. Sadly for many however Nakajima is best known for his losses including a pair to the brilliant Hilario Zapata, as well as a knockout loss to Bernabe Villacampo.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp, features Mr Nakajima on the left left though doesn't feature Mr Akai)
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