The Japanese wrestler that almost amputated Muhammad Ali’s leg / by Steve Jin

I actually remember watching this fight with my dad… it was one of those cultural moments that you never forget because someone who looked like you was going to fight the world’s most recognized athletes.

I don’t remember the fight as being all that exciting or memorable but I do remember enjoying my time with my father who I hadn’t seen in a year because he had gone ahead to Canada to set up a home for his family to immigrate to.

It was an empty apartment with barely enough furniture to fill what seemed to be a massive place… but it was home and I was with my dad and there we were, watching Ali fight Inoki.