Boxing has been a sport where fighters have taken part for a number of reasons. Typically it has been money that has driven fighters but other reasons have driven a fighter to do what they do, however many fighters have taken to the sport to prove themselves.
Back in the 00's a young Japanese fighter called Kiyotada Inagami (4-3-1, 1) [稲上聖真] wanted to prove himself. The youngster failed to to really make a name for himself, but did fight 8 bouts over the space of 3 years, between 2005 and 2008.
Out of the ring Kiyotada suffered an accident at work in 2008. At the time he was working for a company that sold meat and it was sadly there that Kiyotada suffered a life changing accident that saw his right arm get trapped in a machine. The accident forced Kiyotada to lose a portion of his right arm, including his hand and saw his professional license being revoked.
Despite his injury Kiyotada has stated that he'd like to return to boxing, and has been spending time in the gym taking part in boxing based exercises, whilst having a glove on what is left of his right arm.
In a recent interview Kiyotada has revealed that he knows his limitation and won't become a world champion, but that he'd like to compete and it seems the JBC are open to the idea, if they can establish that he'd be safe. Before they'd give him a license he would have to prove his ability and would have to be watched sparring by officials from the JBC.
Although it's unlikely that we will see Kiyotada in a major bout it is great to see that the southpaw wants to make a return to the ring and wants to prove himself, despite his injury and we wish Kiyotada the best in attempting to make the best of his life.
(Image courtesy of the Kyoto Shimbun)
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