n he 1980's and very early 1990's Japanese fans had the chance to support the tough, gutsy and exciting Kiyoshi Hatanaka [畑中清詞], who would adopt the nickname of "The Rocky of Nagoya". Hatanaka, now a promoter in Japan, was a genuinely wonderful fighter in his prime and would win a world title in 1991, stopping Pedro Ruben Decima for the WBC Super Featherweight title. At the time he was just 23 and seemingly had a huge career ahead, though sadly an eye issue would curtail his career in 1991.
On his rise through the ranks their was a documentary made about the then teenager. Here is that documentary.
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