Military boxer goes pro

Joel Kim
Joel Kim
Isaac Arasato
Isaac Arasato

By Jason Tang - bio | email

PALOLO (KHNL) - The goal of the Palolo Valley Boxing Club is to build complete champions.

They want participants to be great boxers, but they also want them to have great character.

Spend five minutes with Isaac Arasato, and it won't take you long to realize - mission accomplished.

"He'll be the next sensation from Hawaii is our prediction,"said Joel Kim, Palolo boxing coach.

Talk about tough expectations to live up to. However, 26-year-old Isaac Arasato has all the accolades to back it up.

"He's the only one on our team that's been a six time state champion, he's undefeated here in Hawaii the last six years," said Kim.

Last Saturday Arasato was supposed to make his debut as a professional boxer after cruising through the amateur ranks.

But his fight was canceled.

Now, he hopes to get on a card at the end of the month.

"I want to pursue the boxing as far as it goes," said Arasato. "The goal is to get to the top and become a world champion. Other than that my main focus is school as well, I'll graduate this year and hopefully I'll go to grad school."

School's another arena in which Arasato excels. He's a psychology major at the University of Hawaii, and last year was awarded a presidential scholarship.

"I just always chose to try do my best in everything I do, so it's all about maximizing potential, it's not always about winning or being the best, it's about being the best you can be," Arasato said.

And if he sounds like a military man, he is. Serving in the Marine Corps from 2000 to 2005.

Coach Kim calls Isaac an outstanding example for the younger generation.

"They see what it takes to get to that level, how hard he works, what it takes to get to that level, his determination, his discipline and it kind of raises the bar for all of us," said Kim.

After he makes his professional debut, Arasato hopes to enter the Japanese boxing industry by the end of the year.

Arasato fights in the 132 pound division.