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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Tomorrow fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see Juiki Tatsuyoshi (10-0, 7) [辰吉寿以輝], the boxing son of the legendary Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, battle against Daichi Matsuura (6-3-2, 2) [松浦 大地].
Today the two men took part in their weigh in .
On the scales, Tatsuyoshi, the shorter man, came in well under the contracted limit at 123.25lbs. Matsuura on the other hand was much heavier, weighing in at 124.5lbs.
Sadly it does seem like this bout won't be televised live, which is surprising given that most of Tatsuyoshi's bouts have been aired on either G+ or YTV. Despite no live coverage we are expecting it be aired in the coming days.
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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.
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