Last December fight fan had the chance to see Japanese youngster Shokichi Iwata (1-0, 1) [岩田翔吉] make his professional debut, doing so in the US where he defeated novice Joel Bermudez. Since then the youngster has acquired a B class Japanese license and revealed that his second professional bout would be in his native Japan.
Over the weekend we were informed of all the details of his Japanese debut, which we can confirm will take place at the Korakuen Hall in May.
The youngster is set to be part of the May Dynamic Glove card, on May 4th, a show that will be headlined by Super Featherweight champion Masaru Sueyoshi (18-1-1, 11) [末吉 大] defending his title against Ken Osato (15-2-1, 4) [大里拳]. Iwata'a opponent for the bout will be domestic foe Watanabe gym's Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝], who won the 2018 Rookie of the Year and will be looking to build on his his own success from last year.
On paper the Iwata Vs Kameyama bout is a really hard one to call, and should be a test of fire for the two men involved, both of who will have ambitions of doing big things in 2019.
The Light Flyweight final of the 2018 All Japan Rookie of the Year saw 22 year old's clashing, as Daiki Kameyama (7-2-1, 2) [亀山大輝] faced off with Tetsuya Mimura (6-1) [見村徹弥], in what looked like a very competitive contest on paper.
The opening round saw a fast start from Kameyama who looks incredibly quick and is showing nice footwork to set up his southpaw jab. He looked fantastic at times with his jab, but unfortunately when it came to adding spite on his shots Kameyama's accuracy went missing wildly, and when that happened Mimura found the space and time to counter, landing the cleaner blows in rounds 1 and 2. Whilst Mimura landed the better quality blows there was something hypnotic and impressive about the the volume of Kameyama, who looked like a little fire cracker, just needing to land.
In round 3 Kameyama finally managed to land some of the better shots, with both hands, though they seemed to be landed not out of being set up with skills but more on the basis of him unpredictable, quick and throwing from unusual angles. Those same unorthodox traits played into his hands again in round 4, until very late in the round when Mimura finally seemed to figure him out and landed a couple of big head shots just before the bell.
The 5th, and final, round saw Kameyama again get the upper hand, even when the two men stood toe to toe, as they did during the middle portion of the round in the bouts highlight. Mimura gritted his teeth however and dug deep to fight back as Kameyama looked to score a stoppage in the final moments.
Mimura impressed at times, he was technically the better fighter, but the speed, unorthodox fighting style and aggression were enough for Kameyama to take the decision, with scores of 50-45 and 48-47, twice. Having enjoyed this bout we can't help but feel that if Kameyama can get a good trainer he has the potential to be a real firecracker on the domestic scene, he's very entertaining even if he is technically limited.
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