Last week we saw the announcement for the ring return of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (8-0, 5) [辰吉寿以輝], with the unbeaten second geeneration fighter getting back in the ring on July 27th to face off with Indonesian veteran Noldi Manakane (32-24-2, 18).
Today, to prepare for that bout, the Japanese fighter took part in a public sparring session with former OPBF Super Bantamweight champion Roli Gasca (24-8-1, 8), who was there to teach Tatsuyoshi a lot of tricks and help tweak the tools of the hard hitting Japanese hopeful.
The session seems to have been organised as Tatsuyoshi tries to develop his skills and relationship with new trainer Takuya Muguruma [六車卓也]. The trainer stated that he wanted Tatsuyoshi to develop his combination punching from sharing the ring with Gasca, and seems to be aware that Tatsuyoshi has really shown a lack of combos, relying more on single heavy shots rather than combinations and free flowing offense.
The 29 year old Gasca was last seen in action back in November and will likely be looking to retun to the ring shortly. This will be a great chance to him to shake some ring rust before getting backing into fighting shape and and returning for another charge towards becomign a 2-time OPBF champion.
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Earlier this week it was announced that Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿] would be making his long awaited ring return on December 24th, after a year which has almost seen his boxing career put on ice due to injuries, which has forced cancellations.
Out of the ring things have been great for the young Japanese fighters, who celebrated the birth of his first child back in Summer and is clearly proud and happy to be a father.
During 2017 he has had to pull out of two bouts, and hasn't fought since late 2016, though has shown some real fire to get back into the ring, despite the issues with injury.
At the moment there is no named opponent for Tatsuyoshi's ring return though there is some reports of other fighters on the card, with the most notable of those being former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (31-4-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋], who will fight in the chief support bout, against a yet to be announced opponent.
The card will take place at the Namihaya Dome in Osaka, and should see more opponents announced for both Tatsuyoshi and Osawa in the near future.
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The early morning papers in Japan have reported some happy news for the Tatsuyoshi family, with Juiki Tatsuyoshi (6-0, 4) [辰吉寿] reportedly expecting his first child in the summer!
The fighter got married at the end of 2016 after having lived together for a few months. They were married early during the pregnancy but kept it quiet until this weekend when the story began to hit the Japanese press. The press has reported that it will be a daughter and that both Juiki and his wife are seemingly very happy and so to is the soon to be grandfather Joichiro Tatsuyoshi [辰吉丈一郎], himself a boxing icon in Japan.
As for fighter Tatsuyoshi did have plans for a bout early in the year and although he had to cancel a bout in February, due to an injury. It now seems like things are healed and although we've not yet had much news of Juiki's ring return, we do know that he will be in an 8 rounder in the summer, with the timing of the bout likely to be around the same time as the birth of his daughter.
Interestingly Juiki admitted that his injury, suffered earlier this year, lead him to tears due to the disappointment. Those were tears he shed in front of his wife and it seems like he has felt much happier having the support of his wife there. It seems like that support has helped Tatsuyoshi with his recovery and it seems like he has been working incredibly hard to get back to full fitness as soon as he can.
Over the weekend we were informed of a new movie based on the career of the charismatic, and exciting, Joichiro Tatsuyoshi [辰吉丈一郎].
The iconic Tatsuyoshi was a man who helped revitalise Japanese boxing during a 20 year career that saw him run up a 20-7-1 (14) record. On paper his record wasn't the most impressive, but what he did for Japanese boxing was remarkable and he really did bring in a whole new generation of fighters from the Land of the Rising Sun and was a former 2-time world champion with notable wins against Greg Richardson, Victor Rabanales, Sirimongkol Singwancha, Paulie Ayala and Saen Sor Ploenchit.
Blessed with natural charisma and character whilst fighting in a unique, exciting style Tatsuyoshi inspired many of the top Japanese fighters of the last decade, including the likes of the Kameda's, Hozumi Hasegawa and Shinsuke Yamanaka.
The interest in Tatsuyoshi has continued long after his last fight, back in 2009, and that interest now follows his son, unbeaten prospect Juiki Tatsuyoshi (3-0, 2) [辰吉寿].
That same interest is part of the theme of the upcoming movie will which be released in February and will be a look back over the last 20 years in Tatsuyoshi's life, featuring interviews from 1995 to 2014.
For those interested in knowing more about the movie the official website is here http://www.joe-tomorrow.com whilst we have featured the trailer below.
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Joichiro Tatsuyoshi may have been retired a few years but he is still among the most popular men in Japanese boxing. Today began a new chapter in the Tatsuyoshi name as Joe's second son, who we believe is called Kotobuki or Juiki, passed his pro-test with flying colours to receive a C class license and become a professionally licensed fighter.
By all accounted Tatsuyoshi Jr looked sensational in his try out bout as he dominated the unfortunate Hideya Koyama (0-1). Despite both fighters wearing head gear Koyama was still stopped by the heavy handed Tatsuyoshi who looked like he had his fathers power.
Although he has his father's name we're not expecting the young Tatsuyoshi, who is being dubbed "Joe II" by some, to be fast tracked like the Joichiro was. Instead it seems that the youngster will go the more traditional route and there is talk of him being an entrant in to a Rookie of the Year tournament. His aim however is to follow in his father's footsteps and he is hoping to one day acquire a WBC world title, just like Joichiro.
We're unsure when the youngster will make his debut but it seems likely that it will be in early 2015, and we daye say that his debut likely to be one of the most eagerly anticipated debuts of 2015.
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