Earlier today Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, attended a press conference to announce his next bout.
The unbeaten second generation fighter will be headlining "Dramatic Boxing 79", on April 5th at the EDION Arena Osaka. His opponent for the bout will be Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地] in what looks like another small step forward for Tatsuyoshi, who appears to be taking forward step after forward step.
As well as Tatsuyoshi's bout there was always a couple of other things announced for the show. One of those, what appears to be the chief support bout, will be an excellent match up between Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (9-1, 8) [堤本京介] and Japanese based Korean Tae Il Atusmi (15-2, 7) [テイル渥美], in what looks like a sure fire fight of the show. We've also been informed that Hibiki Jogo (8-2, 4) [城後響] will be on the show.
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In the main event of a live G+ televised card from Osaka today fight fans saw second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-3-1, 3) [平島祐樹] in what looked like a very interesting test for the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
Despite looking competitive on paper, especially given that Hirashima had never been stopped, the bout was actually very one sided with Tatsuyoshi's power really being a major difference. In the opening round the unbeaten man twice dropped Hirashima, with the second knockdown being one where Hirashima landed face first. To his credit Hirashima got up from both, but was really hurt as we ended the first round.
Having felt the power of his opponent Hirashima was in a negative mind set in round 2, as he backed off constantly, looking to avoid tasting Tatsuyoshi's right hand again. It was a survival tactic, but was something he needed given the awful opening round.
In round 3 it seemed Tatsuyoshi stepped up his work rate just a touch, and forced Hirashima to fight back, something that both men knew would only end one way. A right hand part way through the round shook up Hirashima, who gritted it out, but took more later in the round, forcing the referee to jump in and stop the contest.
It's clear Tatsuyoshi needs a step up, but he's going to be very hard to match. He needs to take on durable opponents, but ones who aren't going to really be able to upset him, as his name brings a lot of attention and he manages to actually get G+ to cover a small card from Osaka, a really impressive feat by it's self. They need to both protect him and develop him, a tough ask at this point given the pressure on his shoulders and the growing attention his career is getting.
For Hirashima this could well be the end, he's 35 and this loss will quite probably send him into retirement.
Tomorrow fight fans in Japan will be able to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] battle against fellow Japanese fighter Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹]. The bout, which takes place in Osaka, will be shown live on G+ across the country.
Today the two fighters took part in their weigh in for the bout, and both men made weight for the contest, which was set at Super Bantamweight.
Tatsuyoshi was the lighter man, weighing in at 120.8lbs for the bout and looking great.
The 35 year old Hirashima, who is getting his biggest profile bout to date, was 121.7lbs on the scales. He looked in great shape and seemed like he was well prepared for this bout with Tatsuyoshi.
This bout, as mentioned, will be shown live on G+ with the broadcast beginning at 2PM local time and ending at 5PM.
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Back in October we reported that the hugely promising Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] would be returning to the ring on December 22nd to take a huge step up in class and battle Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas. The bout really intrigued us, as we'd been impressed by Tsutsumimoto as an amateur, and felt he had the style to go a long way, and to go there quickly.
Sadly we've now been informed that Tsutsumimoto is out of the December 22nd bout, with his place on the show now being taken by 28 year old countryman Takayuki Sakai (7-1-2, 5) [酒井孝之].
It's unclear as to why Tsutsumimoto is off the show, though it appears to have been a very recent change in plans. In fact Kyoei, the promoter of Sakai, only reported the bout in the last day or so.
The contest between Sakai and "Pharanpetch" will be shown on G+ as part of a show that also features Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝] facing off with Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹] and a bout between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #7 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), in what is a make or break for both men.
Earlier today Kyoei held a press conference to announce the next bout of second generation fighter Juiki Tatsuyoshi (9-0, 6) [辰吉寿以輝], the son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
The unbeaten fighter will be back in the ring on December 22nd at the EDION Arena Osaka where he will be up against domestic foe Yuki Hirashima (9-2-1, 3) [平島祐樹], in what should be a pretty interesting test for the unbeaten fighter.
The 22 year old Tatsuyoshi has notched up 2 wins already this year, both at the EDION Arena, with victories over Shin Ishibashi and Noldi Manakane, but this should be a much better test with the 35 year old Hirashima having some ambition of his own.That ambition has seen Hirashima score stoppages in his last 2 bouts, and he hasn't been stopped in his 12 fight career.
At the moment details on the television coverage are scarce, though it seems likely that the bout will be televised on G+, though it may be tape delayed. We do however know that the supporting card will include the recently reported contest between former world title challenger Hiroshige Osawa (33-5-4, 19) [大沢 宏晋] and WBA #10 ranked Super Bantamweight Belmar Preciado (18-1-1, 11), a really enticing contest between Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto (2-0, 2) [堤本銀次郎] and Amphol Suriyo (23-3, 29), aka Pharanpetch Tor Buamas, as well as a bout featuring Kyosuke Tsutsumimoto (8-1, 7) [堤本京介], though his opponent hasn't yet been announced.
Although it's clear that the Japanese press will push the Tatsuyoshi bout we'll admit we're more interest in seeing how Ginjiro Tsutsumimoto looks in his first step up, and we have huge hopes for him. Amphol did however upset Kazuki Saito last time he was in Japan, and he will not be travelling to pick up another defeat.
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