Earlier today at the EDION Arena Osaka fight fans saw second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (13-0, 9) [辰吉寿以輝] score his most meaningful win to date, stopping Japanese ranked Bantamweight Masayasu Nakamura (7-4-1, 6) [中村誠康] in the main event of today's "Dramatic Boxing" card.
The show, which was streamed live on youtube, wasn't a high profile one, but Tatsuyoshi's inclusion on it made it a notable one.
From the off both men unloaded big shots, with Nakamura pressing on the front foot and showing he wasn't there to make up the numbers. Despite the aggression from Nakamura it wasn't long until Tatsuyoshi's skills were making a difference. Although he was fighting on the backfoot more than normal Tatsuyoshi was finding the target with a lot of heavy shots. Those heavy shots included a huge left hook, mid way into the opening round, on the chin that, dropped Nakamura.
To his credit Nakamura got back to his feet but he was already a bloody mess as he got back up and continued to fight to the end of the round. He then continued to press in round 2, with the pace dropping off very visibly.
Nakamura, who's cut was worsening, continued to press forward in round 3 and then again in round 4, but by then his face was quickly becoming a mask of crimson.
With the cut worsening the referee took Nakamura over to the doctor, who decided that enough was enough and stopped the bout, giving Tatsuyoshi his biggest win, and moving him one step closer to a Japanese title bout.
As for Nakamura this is his first stoppage loss, and sees him losing the Japanese ranking he took back in April, following his win over Tatsuya Takahashi.
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Earlier today second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (12-0, 8) [辰吉寿以輝] held a press conference to announce his next bout, as he looks to move one step closer to his first title bout, and continues to show the development he is making in the professional ranks.
The bout that was announced today was a marked step up in competition for the unbeaten Tatsuyoshi, who revealed that he would be facing Japanese ranked Bantamweight Masayasu Nakamura (7-3-1, 6) [中村誠康], on December 17th.
Tatsuyoshi, the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, was given an unexpectedly tough bout back in July, when he over-came a competitive Takuya Fujioka, and will know that he will need to perform better here. Nakamura's record doesn't look great on paper, and he can be beaten, but he scored a career best win last time out, over Tatsuya Takahashi and is certainly a dangerous puncher.
The plan for Tatsuyoshi is to be fighting for titles next year, and Nakamura is the next step to achieving that goal.
For fans wanting to watch this one live, it will take place at the EDION Arena Osaka, and is also expected to be aired live on the YTV website, like the last few Tatsuyoshi fights.
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Earlier today in Osaka fight fans saw Juiki Tatsuyoshi (12-0, 8) [辰吉寿以輝] extending his winning run, as he scored a unanimous decision win over Takuya Fujioka (9-10-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥]. A win he was expected to get, but a win that was supposed to be much, much easier than it ended up being.
On paper this was a total mismatch, an unbeaten second generation fighter against a domestic journeyman. In the end however the bout turned out being close to a banana skin for Tatsuyoshi.
The unbeaten man was was able to land the better shots from the opening round, but Fujioka refused to be intimidated by the power of Tatsuyoshi, and kept making life difficult for Tatsuyoshi. Tatsuyoshi was caught almost every time he let his hands go, and had Fujiuoka had a bit of sting on his shots he could well have caused real issues for the youngster.
The key different was perhaps the power, the saving grace for Tatsuyoshi who did have the bang on his shots to force Fujioka back, but the fact he was caught so much himself didn't body well, and after 8 rounds there was clear disappointment from Tatsuyoshi, who was obviously unhappy with his performance.
After 8 rounds the judges turned in scores of 79-74, 78-75 and 77-75. We do question the widest of those cards, which only gave Fujioka the final round, but the right guy won.
For Fujioka this was another case of fighters looking past him due to his record, whilst Tatsuyoshi got a wake up call, and will hopefully realise he needs to sort out some of his flaws. He, his father and his promoter all seemed disappointed with today's performance. However, his promoter did see positives from the tough win, and is planning bigger things for Tatsuyoshi in the winter, planning to match him with a Japanese ranked foe in November or December.
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Earlier today the media attended a press conference in Japan to see the announcement of the next bout of Juiki Tatsuyoshi (11-0, 8) [辰吉寿以輝], which will take place in just a few weeks time.
The second generation fighter, the son of the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, revealed that he would be in action on July 26th, as part of an Osaka Teiken promoted Dramatic Boxing card at the EDION Arena Osaka, one of the most notable Osakan venues for fights.
Sadly his opponent isn't a step up that we'd have hoped for, and instead he will be up against Takuya Fujioka (9-9-1, 1) [藤岡拓弥], who is a limited but tough opponent. Fujioka scored a career best win in February 2018, when upset Futa Akizuki, but did suffer a stoppage loss to Kazuki Nakajima just 6 months later, his first stoppage loss.
From what we under-stand Fujioka wasn't the first choice opponent, that was a ranked fighter, but due to injury the original opponent was forced to pull out and Fujiuoka has become the replacement foe for the hard hitting Tatsuyoshi.
Earlier today in Osaka fans were able to see unbeaten Juiki Tatsuyoshi (11-0, 8) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the iconic Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, score his latest win.
The talented Tatsuyoshi made light work as he took out the over-matched Daichi Matsuura (6-4-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in just 127 seconds.
Matsuura was dropped from a body shot early in the round, and although he got up and continued he didn't last long as Tatsuyoshi pressed, hurting him and forcing the towel to come in from his team.
With this win Tatsuyoshi advances his record and continues his climb towards a title fight. As for Matsuura it was clear he had nothing to test the unbeaten man with. We're really hoping that in 2019 Tatsuyoshi will have a real test, as it's now time to see what he does actually have in the locker, and we're genuinely thinking there is more to him than just a famous surname.
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