Earlier this week we reported the death of young boxer Kaito Hattori who passed away after a battle with leukemia. On Thursday Kaito had his funeral with more than 400 friends and family attending to see off the tragic 17 year old.
Whilst Kaito wasn't a big name fighter his death has touched a lot of people. Whilst not all of them were able to make their way Abeno-Ku, Osaka many did and it was clear to see how much the death of the young man had effected them.
Among those attending with his former manager Taisei Marumoto, who looked to have taken Kaito's death incredibly hard. Although massively upset Marumoto tried to put on a brave face whilst reading condolences, including a message that essentially said "I won't say goodbye because Kaito continues to live in my heart". Although trying hard he was unable to fend off tears of losing someone who had been like a son to him.
Another notable person who was clearly effected was close friend Riku Kanou who was described as being Kaito's best friend at the Taisei gym. The two men were so close that they even debuted on the same show, travelling to the Philippines together and gave each other support ahead of their first bouts.
(Image courtesy of daily.co.jp)
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