Whilst we have covered a number of fighters in this series one thing we haven't really done is look at female boxers. That changes today as we look at shining a light on a Japanese legend Fujin Raika (25-8-1, 10).
Whilst not a major name on the international boxing scene Raika was one of the trailblazers for the female boxing scene, particularly in Japan. She wasn't the first Japanese female fighter but is one of the most important and also a woman who had a really interesting life.
Today we're going to shine a little bit of a light on Raiki as we bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Fujin Raika, though the reality is we can't really do her justice here and what she did for the sport in Japan is massive, with effects still being felt now, more than 20 years after her professional debut.
1-Due to various reasons Raika grew up in an orphanage from the age of 3 to when she graduated from high school.
2-Before becoming a boxer Raiki had worked as a dental hygienist. Sadly however this career didn't seem to be for her and she reportedly left the field after just a few months.
3-In 2002 Raiki released an auto-biography, with a title that roughly translated as "I Want to Find a Whereabouts" or "I want to find a place to live". The book is available on Amazon.jp, is 204 pages and it seems like it came very much in the early stages of her career, sadly missing out on the bulk of her in ring action, including her biggest successes as a combat sport participant.
4-The poster for Raiki's 2007 bout with Ann Saccurato, the first of two bouts between the two, had a poster designed by Jyoji Morikawa, the man behind Hajime No Ippo. That's the same Morikawa who famously did a Ring magazine cover featuring his stylised version of Naoya Inoue.
5-Following Raika's retirement from professional boxing she continued in combat sport, participating in both Kick Boxing and MMA.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).