Boxer with an unusually long reach who became a 3-time WBC Bantamweight Champion, and was a Japan Professional Sports Grand Prize winner.
He worked part-time restaurant jobs to support himself.
He is named after the main character in the boxing anime, Ashita no Joe.
His father, a boxing fanatic, began training his son to fight as a toddler.
He and Mexican fighter Fernando Montiel have both been WBC Bantamweight Champions.