Earlier today Japanese legend Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15) [長谷川 穂積] was interviewed for a TV show to be shown later this month on MBS. The interview saw a number of things being discussed though of the ones which appears to have caught the eye of the news reporters in Kansai revolved around Hozumi's eldest daughter.
According to the reports Hasegawa revealed that his 10 year old daughter has shown a keen interest in following in her father's footsteps and becoming a boxer, something that he has admitted is a complicated situation for him.
The iconic Japanese fighter, dubbed the "Ace of Japan" back in his prime, has been a professional since 1999 and has gone on to become a genuine star in his homeland following a lengthy run as the WBC Bantamweight champion and a short run as the WBC Featherweight champion. Sadly he's now a long way from his prime and at 35 is likely to be considering retirement if he can't land a big fight this year, and it would make sense for him to want to spend more time with his children.
Instead of wanting her to become a fight Hasegawa admitted that he'd want his daughter to marry a rich man, rather than to fight, a comment that drew laughter from the audience at the recording.
Whilst nothing appears to be set aside for Hasegawa's next bout he did state that he was in the gym, training and would be hoping to get a big fight this. Rather than resting it seems that he's staying in shape and staying prepared for any opportunity that may come his way.
For those interested in watching the show it will be aired on February 22nd and will also feature a number of other fighters from the Kansai district, including WBA Flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka (19-1, 11) [井岡 一翔].
(Image courtesy of MBS)
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