Usually in boxing we hear about all the negative stories, the bad news, the criminals involved in the sport. One thing that we don't hear much about are the positives stories, the ones where fighters use the sport to improve people's lives and make life better for people.
One person who has, famously, turned his boxing career into a positive is former 4-time world title challenger Hiroyuki Sakamoto.
Sakamoto was put into care at a young age before finding boxing, which essentially saved him. He was always a quiet fighter, preferring to let his hands do the talking.
When he retired he began working with children in care, and this documentary, made by NHK and shared by the Sugita Boxing Gym shows not only clips rom Sakamoto's in ring career but also some of his work with kids.
The documentary is only half an hour long but shows a lot and is great insight into a true hero of boxing.
In the 1970's and 1980's Japanese boxing had a number of notable domestic fighters. Among those was Jackal Maruyama. Here is a short documentary about Maruyama.
We're not totally sure when it was produced, or who by, but for those want to see some behind the scenes training and learn something about the first ever Japanese national Super Featherweight champion this is worth a watch. Even if it's not the most accessible of documentaries.
For those who haven't seen Maruyama fight before we really suggest fans check him out, and his third bout against Tsutomu Itokazu is well worthy of 15 minutes of anyone's time.
One of the amazing things about boxing is just how global it is. Sure we get fighters making a name for themselves at home, but we often see fighters from one country relocating and building their careers somewhere else. One such example is that of Janibek Alimkhanuly.
Here we a small documentary on Alimkhanuly and how he begin training in Los Angeles, with some clear language barriers.
This is certainly a good insight into some things we don't typically see, though, sadly, it is a documentary where the target audience is clearly those who understand Kazakh. If you don't you will lose a lot of the details let go in this, but there is still a lot of interesting behind the scenes stuff here for those wanting to see what Alimkhanuly goes through in the gym.
Some things don't fit in elsewhere on the site so have been put here as a result.