Earlier today a trio of notable Japanese amateur fighters took part in their B licenses tests, with all 3 fighters passing the tests and beggining their professional boxing journey.
One of those fighters former female standout Eri Matsuda [松田 恵里], who has turned professional with Team 10 Count. The 23 year old went 21-12 (9) as an amateur and was involved in a number of national tournaments. Despite failing to truly shine in the unpaid ranks the general view was that she was better suited to the professional scene, and that showed today as she showed brilliant technique in her test against world champion Kayoko Ebata. The hope is that Matsuda will be raced to a world title, and there is suggestions she could take a belt in double quick speed, even for a Japanese prospect.
Another of those fighters is Seiya Tsutsumi [堤聖也], who has signed with the Watanabe gym following a long and extensive amateur background. The 22 year old Light Flyweight ran up an excellent amateur record of 84-17 (40) and fought a relative who's who of Japanese boxing as an amateur. Given his strong back ground in the unpaid ranks there are huge expectations on his shoulders, though Watanabe gym guiding him he shouldn't struggle too much to make his mark on the sport.
The final one is Shu Utsuki [宇津木秀], who ran up an excellent 81-27 (23) record and was one of the key boxing figures at his university. Like Tsutsumi Utsuki has signed with the Watanabe gym, and is expected to make his debut later this year, whilst promising to make a name for himself among the bigger weights than his younger stablemate.
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