Japanese boxing icon Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15) has promised the victims of the tragic Great East Japan Earthquake a victory on April 23rd.
Hasegawa, looking for a third divisional title when he fights against IBF Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22), has really shown new found fire to his training and seems to be committed to becoming just the second ever Japanese fighter to become a 3-weight world champion. The promise to those effected by the earthquake seems to have helped drive him on with a desire to fulfil his promise to those effected by one of the worst natural disasters in Japanese history.
Although many are writing off the Japanese fighter he appears to have full belief in himself and knows that he will have to fight to his advantages. Reports have suggested that Hasegawa knows he cannot afford to get caught in a war with Martinez, who is a big punching and bullish fighter, and will instead have to rely on his lightning speed, amazing skills and world class movement to confound, confuse and out box the hard hitting but some what basic Spanish fighter.
This will be the first time in 3 years that Hasegawa will be involved in a world title fight though "The Ace of Japan" is a fighter who has an incredible record of 12-2 in world title fights and will know that a victory here will secure him his place as a Japanese boxing legend.
(Picture courtesy of http://www.shinsei-gym.com)
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